£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.

First News - - FRONT PAGE - by Ian Eddy

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

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