Schools need to be empowered to offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all. The NEU will work with all education professionals to design an inclusive curriculum which enables all pupils to thrive. 

“This week the NEU revealed that special needs provision in England has lost out on £1.2bn because of shortfalls in funding increases from central government since 2015. (1) This means that children with SEND do not get the support they need. Parents resort to legal action to try to secure their children’s rights.

The Government needs to listen to professionals and SEND specialists and take action now to stop the crisis in the education of SEND pupils. We need a flexible curriculum with a relaxation of the testing culture in schools to ensure a more inclusive system for all.”

Editor’s Note




Note to editors:

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  • The National Education Union stands up for the future of education. It brings together the voices of more than 450,000 teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges across the UK, to form the largest education union in Europe.
  • It is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing its members in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
  • The National Education Union is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). It is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.