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Planning a new SEND building

Developing new facilities and buildings to cater for pupils with SEN and disabilities can be a challenge for schools. Gareth Barber discusses the requirements, offers expert advice, and looks at a case study of one school’s building project

Government figures show that the number of students with SEN in England stands at well over 1.2 million, including more than 235,000 (about 2.8 per cent of the student population) who have Statements of SEN or a new Education, Health and Care Plan.

Meanwhile, statistics from the Disabled Living Foundation show that there are 770,000 disabled children under the age of 16 in the UK – equating to one in 20 children.

These figures bring home the fact that buildings for education are required to meet a huge list of requirements, something which is increasingly important to be aware of as schools face growing demand for places in line with the rising school population and rising government targets.

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