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(UK) Norfolk to provide 500 more SPED places; 20 more places for ASD students

May 29, 2020, Eastern Daily Press: Norfolk school to provide more support for autistic children from January 2021 https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/education/thetford-academy-specialist-resource-base-for-autistic-children-1-6674847 A Norfolk secondary school is set to provide autistic children with “the education they deserve” as its specialist resource base will officially open from January 2021.... Thetford Academy, under the Inspiration Trust, was discussed at the Department for Education’s East of England Headteacher board meeting on May 21. And from January 2021 the school will be able to provide 20 youngsters, from across Norfolk, who have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a place at its Specialist Resource Base (SRB)…. These bases will provide additional learning space and extra support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), which will allow them to stay within mainstream education. … This comes after Norfolk County Council announced in 2018 that it would invest £120m [$150M US] in specialist school places and create more than 500 extra spaces for children with special educational needs and disabilities across the county.