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(UK) 20% of special ed plan requests are refused

May 24, 2018, (UK) Tes: One-in-five requests for SEND assessments refused https://www.tes.com/news/one-five-requests-send-assessments-refused Fewer than two-thirds of new plans completed within the time limit More than one-in-five parental requests for an assessment for additional support for children with special educational needs was turned down last year, new statistics reveal. The statistics published today by the Department for Education show that there were 64,555 requests for children and young people to be assessed for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) during 2017 – compared with 55,235 in 2016, a rise of 17 per cent. But the proportion being rejected has fallen. In 2017, 22.6 per cent were refused, compared to 2016 when 26.8 per cent were turned down. Local authorities are turning plans around more quickly, but of the new plans produced during 2017, still fewer than two-thirds were issued within the 20-week time limit. The statistics show that 64.9 per cent of plans were issued within the time limit, compared to 58.6 per cent last year. …