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Applications open to bid for Hounslow’s new special free school

Hounslow Council has been approved to create a new special school through the free school process.

The new school development will be located on Hanworth Road, Hounslow, on a site already owned by EFSA (Education and Skills Funding Agency).  It will have a social emotional and mental health area of expertise and will serve the secondary school age-group.

It will meet demands for more school facilities for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities across Hounslow.

Organisations ranging from successful Multi-Academy Trusts to specialist charitable organisations can now apply to the Council, setting out how they will be able to meet the specification for each project.

The requirements for bids have been developed, in conjunction with the Department for Education, to ensure it meets the needs of the local community and provides much needed places for SEN [Special educational needs and disability] pupils.

More than 1,600 new special free school places will be created across England as 19 local authorities invite applications.

In Hounslow, the majority of dedicated SEN places continue to be provided by special schools.

The key elements of the selection process are set out in the specification document and application forms are available to download through www.hounslow.gov.uk/freeschoolcompetition

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children Services and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said: “Free schools are currently providing good places right across Hounslow.

“Due to the continuing rise in demand, I would urge specialist organisations to apply in order to help us increase our provision and meet the needs of the community.”

The proposal for more free schools is part of central government’s commitment to delivering an ambitious free schools programme that provides choice, innovation and higher standards for parents.

Since 2015, central government has committed £5.8b billion of basic need funding to deliver the school places needed, by 2020.

The closing date to submit your bid is 12 noon on Friday 24 November, 2017

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