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(UK) "Damning report" on "increasing numbers with ASD/severe learning difficulties"

July 23, 2018, Evening Standard: ‘Severe pressure’ on schools as number of pupils with most complex needs rises by fifth https://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/severe-pressure-on-schools-as-number-of-pupils-with-most-complex-needs-rises-by-fifth-a3893856.html London schools are coming under “severe pressure” trying to deal with increasing numbers of children with special educational needs, a damning report warns today. The number of children with the most complex needs is growing, but head teachers are not getting enough money to help them properly, according to a London Assembly report. … And in the next five years there are predicted to be 2,340 more young people with special needs in London’s secondary schools. Money being spent to cater for these children’s needs has increased by 16 per cent, while funding has increased by only two per cent, the report said. The result is that schools having to plug the shortfall, children are going undiagnosed, and some are being discouraged from applying to schools, according to the report. … Children can be classed as having special needs if they have more difficulty in learning than other pupils their age. This can range from dyslexia and hearing impairments to autism. Those with higher needs have a special educational statement, or a new Education, Health and Care Plan. An analysis of children in special schools found that there are now increasing numbers with autism spectrum disorder and severe learning difficulties, putting further pressure on services. …