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(UK) W. Sussex: Plan to provide more school places for kids on the autism spectrum

Nov 14, 2017, West Sussex, England, Crawley Observer: Consultation launched into special needs provision http://www.crawleyobserver.co.uk/news/consultation-launched-into-special-needs-provision-1-8244736 A consultation has been launched into plans to change the special needs provision at Maidenbower Junior School. As part of the implementation of the West Sussex Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Strategy 2016-2019, the council carried out a review of the specialist provision available across the county. A council spokesman said a number of imbalances were identified in either the kind of special support centres available at schools or the need for or take up of places. The review highlighted the need for more places for children on the autistic spectrum. As such, if the proposal for Maidenbower goes ahead, its special support centre will change from catering for children with additional learning needs to providing additional support for pupils with autistic spectrum conditions.