'Some children will never be seen' – teachers' tales lay bare a SEND system in crisis

Insufficient resources, long-waiting lists, no behaviour support, no educational psychologists or speech and language therapists – teachers have laid bare the crisis in SEND funding and provision.
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A survey of more than 8,000 teachers, published by the National Education Union (NEU) during its annual conference in Bournemouth, paints a picture of an SEND system in crisis.

One respondent to the survey summed up the problems: “The current system is failing children. We do not have the resources, environments, skilled staff, or time to support these students. Funding is completely inadequate and paying to support children with high-level need has wiped out our school budget and negatively impacted all other pupils.”

The NEU survey found a lack of resources and provision across the board. Problems on the ground include:

Ultimately, 7 in 8 respondents to the survey said that the resources they had for SEND support were “insufficient”.

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