Special needs provision in England has lost out on £1.2bn because of shortfalls in funding increases from central government since 2015. For too long, children with SEND have been disgracefully let down by this Government. The Government is out of touch with the reality of the SEND funding crisis in schools.

SEND Crisis day of action 30th May 2019

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Protestors handing in a petition to 10 Downing Street
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Protesters with placards

What you can do

NEU research has found that 93% of local authorities have lost out on SEND funding since 2015 because of central government’s shortfall in special needs provision. You can find out how your LA is affected here.

Since 2015, 9 out of 10 local authorities have lost out on vital funding for children who need the most support. We must force the government to bring the #SENDcrisis to an end. See our SEND data release shortfalls in LA SEND funding

9 local authorities have issued fewer EHCPs than the national average and so have no funding shortfall.

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, said: “This is clearly a crisis, with pupils and parents bearing the brunt of real-terms funding cuts and the wholly inadequate planning by Government. Last year, when the NEU won an additional £350m for children and young people with additional needs, the Government admitted that ‘more needs to be done’. We hold them to those words today. Get on with it.” 

Success: our petition secured a SEND increase, but 'more needs to be done'

Mary and Kevin have received an extraordinary letter from DfE minister Nadhim Zahawi admitting that the 34,000 signature petition delivered to the DfE in October by NEU and School Cuts supporters gave rise to this additional cash. But in the same letter Mr Zahawi admitted the extra money is only a “partial response” and that “more needs to be done” to support children and young people with SEND.


A school governor of 21 years speaks to the impact of cuts on her school and SEND provision.

Every child deserves to learn and thrive, but cuts to school funding are putting this at risk.

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Posted by School Cuts on Saturday, 31 August 2018


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