In response, the minister for school standards and early years, Baroness Ashton, said: "We are committed to developing a more inclusive education system, with disabled children and those with special educational needs having more opportunity to learn and play in a mainstream setting. Special schools have an important role in making inclusion work by linking with mainstream schools.
"Inclusion is not an agenda to close special schools. I want special schools to be centres of expertise, working with mainstream schools and the wider community."
"The right of parents - where their children have a statement - to make a positive choice and express a preference for a special school place is being fully maintained."