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(UK) N. Yorkshire (NE England): More SPED students as student pop. declines; needs not met

July 9, 2020, Yorkshore Coast Radio: New Goals For SEND Provision In North Yorkshire https://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/3139494/new-goals-for-send-provision-in-north-yorkshire/ North Yorkshire County Council has set out new ambitious goals for its five-year plan to improve Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) education for children and young people. It says the North Yorkshire Strategic Plan for SEND Education Provision for 0-25 which was published in 2018, was developed in partnership with parents/carers, children and young people and professionals with the aim of creating more local, high-quality provision and further developing the inclusive culture for children and young people with SEND in the county. The authority says although the population of children and young people in North Yorkshire continues to fall, the number of those identified as having SEND is still rising. … • Working with the Department for Education and the appointed trust to develop the special free school in the Selby area. At the moment there are not enough places in North Yorkshire’s special schools to meet the needs of children and young people in the county with education, health and care plans (ECHPs.) Through this plan, the County Council will develop and improve further the good offer from special schools to meet the needs of more North Yorkshire children and young people. … There are also currently not enough places in special schools in North Yorkshire to meet the needs of children and young people in the county and a need for special school provision in Selby. Through this plan we will be working with the Government to develop a special free school in the Selby area and also investing in our existing special schools to meet the needs of more North Yorkshire children and young people.”…