Parents, councillors and education unions hand in petition to DfE on special needs funding for children

The School Cuts coalition petition* signed by 36,000 people will be handed into the Department for Education on Tuesday. The petition is calling for the proper funding of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision.


Date: Tuesday 23 October

1pm: Meeting at Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament St, Westminster, London SW1A 2JR.

2pm: Petition hand-in outside Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith St, Westminster, London SW1P 3BT.

Attendees include parents, councillors, teachers, as well as the ASCL, NAHT, NEU and UNISON unions.

We will be capturing the hand-in both through film and photo, including a Facebook Live during hand-in.

For interview requests please contact Ian Greaves on 0207 380 4706.

According to the Department for Education’s own figures, more than 2,000 children with special needs and disabilities in England are waiting for educational provision. Children needing SEND provision across the country are increasingly struggling to access the education they deserve, as real terms cuts to school and local authority budgets hit those pupils hardest. These children are already waiting for months for their needs to be assessed and then missing out again when funding is simply not there to meet the needs identified.

This is causing untold misery to the families of children with SEND and putting both schools and local authorities in an impossible position. The petition is calling on the Government to:

  • Properly fund SEND in all schools/colleges, ensuring no child has to wait for a place in school.
  • Give funding back to local authorities so they can commission SEND support and services in line with what children in their community need.

Editor’s Notes:

* School Cuts SEND petition

Press release
19 October 2018