Building Better futures report download

Building Better Futures report

Around 15 per cent of the pupil population, around 1.3 million schoolage students in England, are classed as having special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). Future-proofing and equipping our SEND school estate to enable this growing cohort of young people to thrive, develop and fulfil their potential, is a complex challenge.

Having recently constructed six SEND schools in the East of England alone, we care about creating environments that enable children and young people to thrive. With this in mind, we are committed to exploring how the process involved in creating buildings and estates that enable children and young people to truly thrive and reach their potential can be optimised.

We wanted to delve into the sector and explore all angles of delivery - from concept to colour scheme. Bringing together knowledge, experience and expertise from across the public and private sector to explore opportunities to build on experience and improve the provision of purpose-built SEND schools across the UK is at the heart of this white paper.

Our objective for this research is to work collaboratively to enhance the pathway for SEND school design and delivery so that it improves the lives of the young people, teachers, carers and families. We want to start a conversation which shares insights, sparks innovations, and encourages collaborations.

Download the building better futures report

Download a copy of the Building Better Futures report here, you can also download the five key takeaways and three future commitments one page summaries.

This research is just the start, we have so much more planned! Register your interest to take part in our ongoing research project here. You can also find out more about the project and our work by contacting regional marketing manager,

What makes a great SEND school?

This video marked the start of our research. To unpack what really makes a great SEND school, for the pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community involved. Join our discussion, download the report and share your thoughts with us on LinkedIn.

Oliver’s Story – Glenwood School

This documentary piece follow’s Oliver and his family through construction of the Glenwood SEN school in Benfleet, Essex and beyond to show just what a difference the new school has made to his and maybe families alike.

Lexden School – a SEND campus like no other

Follow Katrina, assistant headteacher at Lexden Springs School, as she shows the transformation in moving from their old campus into a new state-of-the-art school like no other.

An all inclusive campus of mainstream and SEND Schools

In this short film, soar around the impressive education and leisure hub at Littleport School in Cambridgeshire where we created a brand new integrated secondary, SEND, early years and leisure campus.