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(UK) Rutland to spend $278M (US) for new "learning space" for autistic children

Feb 24, 2020, Rutland & Stamford Mercury: Work under way on new £700,000 learning space for children with special needs at Uppingham Community College https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/work-under-way-on-700k-facility-for-children-with-special-needs-9100459/ A new learning space for Rutland children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is taking shape at Uppingham Community College. The Government has committed £215million [$278M US] of funding to help local authorities create new school places and improve facilities for children and young people with SEND, in consultation with parents and providers. Having been awarded just under £700,000, [$905,000 US] Rutland County Council is working with Uppingham Community College, building contractor Steele & Bray and architects GSSArchitecture to repurpose parts of the college – transforming them into a bespoke learning environment for youngsters. … Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and to ensure sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with SEND. Currently, a number of children and young people with SEND attend schools outside of Rutland. The new SEND school facility at Uppingham Community College aims to provide places for up to 10 young people in the county who have communication and interaction needs, including those on the autistic spectrum, enabling them to learn in an adapted mainstream school environment that is better suited to their sensory needs…. Ben Solly, principal of Uppingham Community College, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for Uppingham Community College and the young people of Rutland. Through this partnership we want to establish a centre of excellence for SEND provision, where young people with communication and interaction needs are integrated into mainstream secondary education.”

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