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( UK) Norfolk: $150M (U.S.) plan for 4 SPECIAL SCHOOLS

July 4, 2019, Eastern Daily Press: New strategy to help 19,000 children in Norfolk with special educational needs https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/education/norfolk-special-educational-needs-disabilities-strategy-consultation-1-6141491 The public are being asked to give their views on a new strategy to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Norfolk. The three-year strategy from Norfolk County Council outlines plans to make education more inclusive for children with SEND, improve support services and deliver more specialist provision. It includes the council's £120m [$150M U.S.] programme to build up to four new specialist schools, creating 500 new places, develop more specialist bases for children with SEND in mainstream schools and grow community-based outreach services. Statistics released by the Department for Education on Thursday show that, as of January 2019, around one in six children (15.7pc) in Norfolk had special educational needs - around 19,000 in total. Of these 3,900 had an education, health and care plan (EHCP), which specifies and quantifies the support they need in school. Parent and carer groups, the health service and education providers have given their input to the strategy….