Ninety-five per cent of SENCOs told us that they need adequate protected time to carry out their role, which means the government must fund schools properly so that heads can provide it.
In December 2018 the Government announced an additional £350m for SEND funding: £250m for high needs (£125m this year and £125m in 2019/20) and £100m for councils to provide better facilities and more specialist places.
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.
New LGA research on SEND funding gap
Councils are currently facing a SEND funding gap of almost £500 million in 2018/19, according to new LGA research. This report is based on a national high needs funding survey, completed by 93 local authorities, and in-depth fieldwork in nine representative local areas.
1. Share Yvonne's story
According to the Department for Education’s own figures, more than 2,000 children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are awaiting provision.
Meet Yvonne. She's been in education for 33 years and she's never seen the funding so bad, particularly for children with special needs.
2. Read our letter to Damian Hinds
Teaching unions and dozens of local authorities wrote to tell the education secretary about the SEND crisis.
Emily Jenkins looks at the crisis in funding and support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Emma Parker has nine special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) children in her class, who aren't getting the support they desperately need.