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(UK) Selby: 102% increase in SPED since 2015; another 24% increase expected

June 29, 2021, North Yorkshire City Council: Proposed new school for children with SEND in North Yorkshire NE England

Plans are being drawn up for a new, purpose-built school for children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in North Yorkshire. The proposed new school near Selby signifies a major investment in SEND education in the County. The Selby district currently lacks a special school, which means many children and young people face lengthy journeys to access facilities. The creation of the new school is a key part of the County Council’s strategic plan for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provision in North Yorkshire. The purpose-built facility will be designed to support the needs of a wide age range of children with a range of disabilities and special needs. It is proposed the school will cater for up to 100 pupils, potentially aged three to 19, on landscaped grounds on land owned by North Yorkshire County Council adjacent to Hull Road in Osgodby, just outside Selby. With rising demand for special education, there is a pressing demand for a new school in the Selby district. There are currently 3,574 children in North Yorkshire with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, which is a 102 per cent increase on the same point in 2015. This number is expected to rise by a further 24 per cent over the next five years, from 3,574 presently, to 4,225 children and young people in 2026. The greatest areas of increase are in pupils with identified communication and interaction needs and children with identified social, emotional and mental health needs…. Mark Wilson, Chief Executive of Wellspring Academy Trust, said: “We are proud to have been chosen to deliver this much needed school in North Yorkshire…. “The school signifies a huge investment in SEND and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create bespoke, high quality special education provision for young people in their local area, which should meet their needs for many years to come….


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