Empty promises - the crisis in supporting children with SEND (UK)

naht80“Pointless having them [EHCPs] if there is no funding to support what they say the pupil needs.” - a quote from the Report 

Information from their website: In June NAHT (voice for school leaders) sought the views of its members on their experiences in relation to the education of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

They received over six hundred responses to the online survey, which gave powerful testimony of an education system struggling to meet the needs of its most vulnerable pupils.

Key findings:

Only 2% of respondents reporting that the top up funding they received was sufficient to meet individual Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) or statements for pupils with SEND.

94% of respondents finding it harder to resource the support required to meet the needs of pupils with SEND than they did two years ago.

83% not receiving  ANY  funding from health and social care budgets to support pupils with statements or EHCPs

30% of respondents not receiving services from health and social care to support their pupils. 

Behind the numbers in the report lie the experiences of NAHT members, and more importantly the children they are working to support. It is these which most clearly reveal a system in crisis, and which NAHT will use to press the government to ensure that not only schools but health and social care services are properly funded.

Read the full report here.

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