Cutting school and local authority budgets to the bone has put increasing pressure on schools trying to meet the needs of SEND pupils

Schools, local authorities and parents are deeply frustrated that meeting the needs of children with SEND is getting harder. The government’s own figures show that more than 2,000 children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement have no educational provision and are therefore not in school at all.

It is quite staggering that so many children and young people are being left with no access to proper education or support.

Changes to the system of funding allocation for high needs/SEND pupils have been made without conducting a proper assessment of the funding needed to provide them with high-quality learning. This has created an immediate crisis in SEND funding, and turmoil in local authorities.

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