23 August 2023
Seven new special free schools in England

James Sunderland welcomes the Government’s plans announced today to create over a thousand new special school places, backed by £70 million, making sure all children can get the best possible start in life.
Every child and young person should continue to get consistently high-quality support, no matter what their educational needs are or where in the country they live.
That is why today the Government announced plans to create over a thousand new school places for children with special educational needs, with £70 million to help open seven new special free schools as part of a programme to test and refine our SEND reforms so that they are informed by the experiences of real families.
Once complete, these reforms will more than double the number of special free school places available across the country – from around 8,500 to 19,000 – so that every child receives a quality education tailored to their needs.