(UK) Norfolk to spend $150M (U.S.) on autism school/500 extra SPED places

July 18, 2019, 96.7FM: New school for children with autism could be built in Fakenham It part of a £120 million [$150M US] investment into special educational needs in Norfolk. The County Council wants to build it on the former Fakenham VI Form site. Today, we've announced our plans for ten new bases for children with special educational needs in Norfolk. These bases with include 90 places for children with autism They want to create an extra 500 places for these youngsters by building up to four new schools and creating more specialist units in mainstream schools. Norfolk County Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Cllr John Fisher said: "Creating a new school on this site would bring us closer to achieving our ambition that all children in Norfolk get a good education - and for them to go to school as close to where they live as possible. … …It also increases the costs of placements and transport…. "It would also take pressure off those specialist schools and resource bases elsewhere in the county that are already doing such a great job in the face of ever-growing demand." Cllr Tom Fitzpatrick, Norfolk County Councillor for Fakenham added: "Children and families who live in Fakenham and its surrounding communities are already benefiting from the fantastic modern learning facilities at Fakenham Academy. "It seems fitting that the old sixth form site should continue to be used for educational purposes - and look forward to seeing the developing plans for a specialist school dedicated to teaching children with autism."