Responding to the Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds’ announcement at NAHT’s Annual Conference in Telford today (Friday 3 May) launching a call for evidence on the funding arrangements for pupils with complex Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, the union which represents leaders in the majority of schools, 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 are left struggling to meet the needs of our most vulnerable pupils.
“We absolutely welcome the Secretary of State’s focus on this issue; the overall funding crisis cannot be solved without getting to grips with SEN support. A call for evidence is welcome, as the issue is complex, but ultimately the solution is simple: more money from the Treasury is urgently needed, both for schools and health and social care services.”
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