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(UK) Somerset: 2 new special schools for 185 pupils; mainstream schools can't deal with them

July 23, 2020, BBC News: Somerset special education: School to open in Martock A special educational needs free school for 120 pupils is to open in Somerset. It comes after an inspection from the education watchdog Ofsted found "significant weaknesses" which left some children's needs unmet.... The school, in Ash near Martock, has been welcomed by the county council. Frances Nicholson, cabinet member for Children's Services, said some of the children may have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and others, social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH)…. Mr Gasson said there was a definite need in south Somerset. "There are a number of children who have an education, health and care plan whose needs are not being met by mainstream schools," he said…. The move comes as a 65-place specialist school for North Somerset got the go-ahead….


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