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(UK) Shropshire: Questions over SPED school, "despite...a large concentration" of special needs kids

July 25, 2018, Shropshire Star: No take up for special needs school places in Whitchurch https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/politics/2018/07/25/no-take-up-for-special-needs-school-places-in-whitchurch/ Shropshire Council is looking to invest around £50,000 at five primary and secondary schools to create around 10 places at each. But following discussions with schools across the county at the end of last year the north east, which includes Whitchurch, has been the only region where a potential school has failed to come forward despite there being a large concentration of learners with special educational needs and disabilities in the town. Karen Bradshaw, director of Children and Young People’s Services said: “The number of learners who are also able to access the mainstream curriculum, but who struggle to cope in mainstream classrooms due to sensory overload, social difficulties and high levels of anxiety, is increasing… The funding will come from a three-year £600,000 [$800K US] capital fund allocated by the Government to support children and young people up to the age of 25…. Ms Bradshaw added: “Consultation with parents confirms their preference for a wider range of choice and a recognition of the limited options regarding specialist provision currently available locally….