Responding to a new report published today (Thursday 6 May) by the Local Government Association (LGA) on the increase in children with special needs being supported by councils, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said:
“The picture facing schools supporting children with special educational needs is bleak. Not only are school budgets at breaking point, there have been severe cuts to local authority health and social care provision. Schools and councils are left struggling to meet the needs of our most vulnerable pupils.
“We urgently need the government to recognise the true scale of the SEND support crisis and to take action. The solution is simple: more money from the Treasury, for schools and health and social care services.”
NAHT’s Empty Promises report shows that 94% of schools are finding it harder to resource the support required to meet the needs of pupils with SEND than they did two years ago.
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