SEND school-building surge with 35 in operation by late 2022

THIRTY-FIVE new schools are to be built for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the government has announced.

The schools are expected to be built by September 2022, the Department for Education (DfE) said.

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."He said he had approved 33 school trusts to open and run 37 new schools in England, set to benefit up to 3,000 students. Of these, 35 will provide support and teaching for pupils with complex needs such as autism, severe learning difficulties or mental health conditions.

The remaining two will be for children who have been, or are at risk of, being excluded from school to "level up their educational outcomes".

Williamson said: "I also want to transform the experience of children who have been permanently excluded or are at risk of being removed from the classroom.”

Of the new free schools: Three will be in the North East, providing more than 200 places in total, mostly for children with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH)

Six will be in the North West, providing more than 400 places, including for children with SEMH, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD) and speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

Five will be in Yorkshire and the Humber, providing more than 500 places including for children with SEMH, ASD, SLD, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and SLCN

One will be in the East Midlands, providing 50 places for children with SEMH

Three will be in the West Midlands, providing about 300 places including for children with SEMH, ASD and Multiple Learning Difficulties (MLD)

Three will be in the East of England, providing more than 300 places including for children with SEMH, ASD and SLCN

Four will be in London, providing more than 300 places including for children with SEMH, ASD and SLCN;

Four will be in the South East, providing more than 300 places including for children with SEMH and ASD;

Six will be in the South West, providing 500 places including for children with SEMH, ASD, Complex Learning Difficulties (CLD) and SLCN

Two Alternative Provision free schools will provide more than 100 places in the West Midlands for children who have been, or are at risk of being, excluded from mainstream education

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