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(UK) BBC: SPED students "dropping further...in national primary school tests"

Dec 14, 2017, BBC: Primary league tables: Special-needs pupils struggle with new tests http://www.bbc.com/news/education-42353456 Pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in England are dropping further behind their classmates in national primary school tests, statistics show. The gap between SEN pupils and their peers has risen from 48 percentage points in 2016 to 52 this year. The figures are revealed in school league tables, published by the Department for Education (DfE), showing the results of about 16,000 primaries. Head teachers say special-needs education funding is in crisis. … Teachers have been warning that pupils with special needs, such as mild autism or dyslexia, would struggle in the tougher tests introduced last year.