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(UK) 52% increase in SPED students in 8 years

June 5, 2018, (UK) Argus and Telegraph: Number of children with special education needs rises by more than half since 2010

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/16271076.__39_Perfect_storm__39__for_Bradford_schools_as_number_of_children_with_special_education_needs_soars_by_52_per_cent/ THE amount of children and young people in Bradford who need extra help for special educational needs has soared by more than half since 2010, new government figures have revealed. The number of youngsters with education, health and care (EHC) plans or special educational needs (SEN) statements has risen from 2,168 to 3,299 over the last eight years – a 52 per cent increase. Last night, the headteacher of a special school and former chair of the Bradford Schools Forum told the Telegraph & Argus that the increases meant Bradford needed three new special schools just to keep up with demand…. “Some schools seem to be making SEN children unwelcome. In 2016/17 64 per cent of permanently excluded children had SEN, and of the 672 children in elective home education, 132 children were identified to have SEN before they were withdrawn from school. We also have children who are at home waiting for places.” Southfield has seen its numbers grow from 202 five years ago to 264, going up to 280 in September, and Mr Wall said the Council wants to extend the school to further increase its capacity. “The Council is doing all it can to get more children into school but unless we get money to build whole schools we will not solve the problem. “We really need additional schools. We need three special schools in Bradford to keep up with demand. The Government has announced it will fully fund 30 new special school nationally. “Bradford Council is applying for three new schools but the chance of getting a tenth of all schools is unlikely.” Councillor Imran Khan, executive member for education, said: “We know that across the country the number of young people with SEN is increasing. “Since 2010, numbers have risen nationally by 40 per cent, within Yorkshire by 41 per cent and within our district by 52 per cent…. “At the same time, central government has changed the way it provides funding for children and young people with SEN. …