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Bidding for special free schools

The SEND 2020 programme is working across education, health and care to improve outcomes for children and young people in Surrey. As part of this programme, we are developing more local education provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This will include supporting more children to be educated in mainstream settings, developing specialist centres, developing new special school provision and establishing new special schools through free school bids. 

The free school programme is expected to run through to 2020 and the current Government has committed to establishing 500 new free schools. Bidding opportunities are typically in March and September of each year. We are currently working with partners who have expressed an interest and expect to submit one bid in March 2016. At least one further bid is expected in September 2016 and we are keen to discuss further opportunities for the future. 

Our current analysis indicates the priority needs are for one Communication and Interaction Needs (COIN) and two Complex Social and Communication Needs (CSCN) special schools.    

The bid expected in March 2016 is for COIN provision and is being led by The Howard Multi-Academy Trust with Limpsfield Grange Special School.  

A further bid is under discussion, potentially for September 2016, with Pond Meadow and other special schools for CSCN provision and other initial expressions of interest are being explored.  

We would like to invite you to a workshop to find out more about the national programme, forecast needs and developments in Surrey and future opportunities for potential bids. The workshop will be held from 2pm to 4pm on 26 April 2016 at Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ.    

The workshop will include presentations from Julie Stockdale, Head of School Commissioning and Admissions, Beverley Clarke, Head of Additional and Special Educational Needs and Frank Offer, Head of Commissioning for Young People and SEND 2020 lead for developing Surrey's SEND local offer. There will be the opportunity for questions and discussions.  

If you would like to attend the workshop, please email Lindsey Ellis to book your place. If you are unavailable to attend the workshop but would like to seek further information or explore opportunities, please do contact Frank Offer by email or call 0208 541 9507.

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