The government has opened bids for 19 new free schools for children with special educational needs or a disability.
The new schools will be created to meet specific needs in 19 local authorities, and the specifications have been developed by the local authorities, with the Department for Education.
Applicants have until 24 November to apply to the local authorities, setting out how they meet the criteria.
The DfE said the schools would create 1,600 new special free-school places.
The specifications published today include a 150-place school in Croydon for children aged 2 to 19 with autism spectrum disorder, and a 200-place school in Bedford.
Schools minister Lord Nash said: “Free schools are providing many good new school places in response to the needs of communities across the country. This process will give local authorities the chance to identify expert organisations with proven track records in SEND provision to run special schools that will help hundreds of children fulfil their potential.”