Almost two thousand school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities will be created as plans for a wave of new schools are approved.
Plans for 131 new schools have been approved by the Department for Education today, creating more than 69,000 school places up and down the country.
The majority of these schools will become free schools, which can be run by parents, community or faith groups, but plans also provide for SEND students.
Twenty local authority areas have been approved to create a new special school through the free school process, creating a total of 1,700 school places for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
These places will be spread across all areas of the country, in: Bedford, Blackpool, Bradford, Bristol, Cheshire East, Croydon, Doncaster, Enfield, Essex, Hampshire, Havering, Herefordshire, Hounslow, Manchester, Portsmouth, Redbridge, Sheffield, South Gloucestershire, Suffolk, and Sunderland.
Education secretary Justine Greening is delighted to announce the plans, and believes the proposals will give parents across the country more choice in their child's schooling.
She said: "We need schools that can bring out the best in every single child no matter where they’re growing up, how much their parents earn, or however different their talents are.
"That’s why these new schools are so important - they give us the school places we need for the future, and they also give parents more choices to find a great school place in their area that’s right for their child."