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5,250 more special school places needed

28 November 2017

London has a rapidly growing school age population. London will need 60,000 more primary places and 105,000 more secondary places by 2025 to meet growing demand.

In turn, London will need approximately 5,250 more school places for children with Education, Health and Care plans in ten years time.

There is evidence that some academies and schools are not accepting children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) requirements.

  • Could the Mayor support the provision of SEND through existing programmes?
  • What can the Mayor do to help plan for new special schools in areas of high demand?
  • How can the Mayor ensure that young people with SEND can access suitable training and employment when they leave school?

The London Assembly Education Panel will tomorrow examine the challenges of providing access to SEND provision in London and discuss what role the Mayor can play in helping to provide places to London’s growing school population. The guests are:

  • Joanne McCartney, Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, GLA
  • Cllr Peter John, Executive Member for Business, Skills and Brexit, London Councils
  • Yolande Burgess, Strategy Director, London Councils
  • Helen Norris, London Regional Lead for SEND
  • Gill Robinson, Vice-Chair, Teaching Schools Council
  • Alison Markwell, Designated Clinical Officer for SEN and Disabilities, CWHHE Collaborative, NHS

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 29 November from 10:00am in Committee Room 5, City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast or YouTube

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the discussion using #AssemblyEdu and #SEND



Notes to editors


  1. Full agenda papers.
  2. Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Chair of the Education Panel is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Lisa Lam 020 7983 4067.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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