Sheffield to introduce extra school places for SEN students

500 extra places in schools across Yorkshire and the Humber are due to open for Special Educational Needs children, as part of a government initiative.

Five new free schools have been proposed, in Sheffield, Leeds, Hull and North Lincolnshire to help students who struggle in mainstream education.

They make up the 39 free schools planned across the country.

The Department for Education says the schools will provide support and teaching for pupils with autism, severe learning difficulties, mental health conditions or other such needs, to ensure they too can get the best quality of learning available.

Free schools, or academies, are independent of local authorities, meaning they don’t have to follow the national curriculum and can tailor their learning experience.