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(UK) Solihull: New autism school planned 'to meet current/future demand for places'

July 22, 2020, Solihull Observer: Plans agreed to open Solihull school for autistic children by 2022 https://solihullobserver.co.uk/news/plans-agreed-to-open-solihull-school-for-autistic-children-by-2022/ A NEW free school for autistic children in Solihull will open within three years, the Education Secretary has pledged. The Department for Education has agreed a contract with a trust to run the new school, which will have 100 places for children aged 7 to 16 years old….. This week (July 19), the DfE agreed a schedule for 35 new special free schools to open iEngland from September 2022. The Forward Education Trust, which runs special schools in Birmingham, will run the free school in Solihull…. At the time, Coun Ken Meeson, cabinet member for education, said: “We know we have comparatively high rates of autism diagnosis in the borough. “On a practical level it also means we can educate more children and young people nearer to their homes…. “For those pupils with more complex needs, creating a special free school will mean we can better meet current and future demand for places, whilst also extending local choice. Following the agreement with the Department for Education, Coun Meeson said: “I am very pleased that Forward Education Trust has been appointed to run Solihull’s new special free school…. “This announcement means we are taking another important step in delivering the Council’s ambitious programme to provide an exceptional educational environment which fully understands and caters for the individual needs of children and young people with autism. We are looking forward to working together with Forward Education Trust to support our children and young people and their families.” Jane Edgerton, Chief Executive of Forward Education Trust said: “We are delighted to be working with the Department for Education and Solihull Council to create a purpose built school that becomes an integral part of the local community…. Announcing three special schools in the West Midlands, including the Bosworth Campus school, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Now more than ever we need to make sure we are putting our most disadvantaged and vulnerable children first, including those with complex needs….

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