(UK) Southwark: 'Fantastic news'; new school for "growing number of SEND children"

Aug 15, 2018, Southwark News: SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS SCHOOL FOR OVER SIXTEENS GIVEN GO-AHEAD FOR KENNINGTON HTTPS://WWW.SOUTHWARKNEWS.CO.UK/NEWS/SPECIAL-EDUCATIONAL-NEEDS-SCHOOL-FOR-OVER-SIXTEENS-GIVEN-GO-AHEAD-FOR-KENNINGTON/ A school for young people over sixteen with special educational needs and disabilities has been approved by Southwark Council. The new educational facility will be based at Bishops House, and aims to help young people as they move into adulthood and help prepare them for the world of work by offering training and work experience placements to its students, with a focus on vocational skills and accredited qualifications. According to the government, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a young person’s behaviour or ability to socialise, … According to the Department for Education, only around eight per cent SEND children attend specialist schools. But in Southwark, there is a growing number of SEND children and young people, with 40 per cent of them diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. If the current rate of increase continues, it is estimated that Southwark will have nearly 3,000 young children and young people with ‘high needs provision’, who need special school places or additional places in mainstream schools. Currently, a quarter of the students with more complex needs are educated outside the borough as there are not enough places available nearer to home. Councillor Jasmine Ali, cabinet member for children, schools and adult care said: “I am incredibly pleased that cabinet approved this decision. “This is really fantastic news for young people with special education needs and disabilities and their families….