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Empty promises - the crisis in supporting children with SEND

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In June NAHT sought the views of our members on their experiences in relation to the education of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  We received over six hundred responses to our online survey, which gave powerful testimony of an education system struggling to meet the needs of its most vulnerable pupils.

Key findings:

  • Only 2% of respondents reporting that the top up funding they received was sufficient to meet individual Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) or statements for pupils with SEND.
  • 94% of respondents finding it harder to resource the support required to meet the needs of pupils with SEND than they did two years ago.
  • 83% not receiving  ANY  funding from health and social care budgets to support pupils with statements or EHCPs
  • 30% of respondents not receiving services from health and social care to support their pupils. 

Behind the numbers in the report lie the experiences of our members, and more importantly the children they are working to support. It is these which most clearly reveal a system in crisis, and which NAHT will use to press the government to ensure that not only schools but health and social care services are properly funded.

Read the full report here.

Join NAHT in pressing the government to ensure that the additional £20.5bn per year going into the NHS includes provision to support children and young people’s EHCPs and mental health needs. 


First published 20 June 2019