£2 BILLION FOR SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH UNITS
LOTS of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being shut out of schools, and aren’t getting the same education as everyone else.
It’s thought that there are more than 2,000 SEND pupils in England alone who aren’t getting any kind of education. Campaigners say that cuts to school and council budgets are “causing untold misery to the families of children with SEND and putting both schools and local authorities in an impossible position”.
Campaigners from Special Needs Jungle and the
National Education Union handed a petition signed by 36,000 people to the Department for Education last week, to demand more funding for SEND pupils.
Although Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget gave some money to schools for “one-off extras” (see right), Special Needs Jungle says he made “no attempt to address the crisis in SEND”.
SEND pupils often have more complex needs, meaning that it costs schools more to educate them. Many parents of SEND pupils have had to give up their jobs to home-school their child