65 per cent of special free schools are for autism

Autism-specific free schools are continuing to dominate new special free school approvals, with more than half of those in the pipeline having it as a focus.

However, SEND experts are openly asking whether this one area of need is receiving too much attention.

“We need to know what analysis has been done to show 65 per cent of all new special schools should focus on autism, and how the need of other groups of pupils is going to be met,” said Simon Knights, the director of Whole School SEND, a membership body that supports SEND provision in schools.

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3rd November 2017
Schools Week