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(UK) BBC documentary on SPED: $1B spending increase; $10B 21-22 for complex needs

Sept 8, 2020, FENews: Fighting for an education Last night’s episode of Panorama on @BBC One "Fighting for an education" looked at the support available to young people who have Education, Health and Care Plans and their families, including provision throughout the pandemic. A Government spokesperson said: "We are increasing high needs funding to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) for local authorities by £780 million [$1B U.S.] this year and a further £730 million[$950M} in 2021-22, boosting the total budget for supporting those with the most complex needs to more than £8 billion [$10B] that year. "We’re also taking action so that teachers get the training they need to support children with any type of special educational need or disability, and our £1 billion Covid-19 catch up package is targeting support for those who need it most…. "We have supported local authorities, education providers and health services to respond to coronavirus, providing local authorities with £3.7 billion [$4.8] to meet additional demands, including within SEND support. We’re also increasing high needs funding for those with the most complex SEND by £780 million this year and a further £730 million next year, to help provide the support that parents rightly expect for their children. …
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