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NAHT comments on special educational needs funding protests

Today, thousands of people will gather in Westminster and more than twenty other locations around the country to call for more funding and support for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

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.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “School funding cuts have made second-class citizens of a generation of children. We are reaching the point where a child with additional needs, be that disability or a mental health condition or behavioural issues, is immediately severely disadvantaged. For these children the idea of fair access to education is nothing more than an empty promise.

“We urgently need the government to recognise the true scale of the problem and to release more money from the Treasury, both for schools and for health and social care services.”

Press and Media contacts:

Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363