(UK) Demand for more funding after SPED needs "increased by 21% in just 3 yrs"

May 4, 2018, (UK) Schools Week: NAHT demands immediate high-needs cash injection A leading union has demanded better funding for high-needs pupils after the number of children with special needs increased by 21 per cent in just three years. The issue of high-needs funding will be at the top of the agenda at the NAHT’s conference this weekend, after the number of pupils with statements of special educational needs (SEND) or education and health care plans (EHCP) rose by over 50,000 between 2014 and 2017. NAHT members and local authorities have reported “increasing pressure on the high-needs budget”. Top-up funding – used to meet individual needs of pupils with complex SEND – is being cut in mainstream and special schools, and councils have had their right to top-slice school budgets in order to offset deficits in high-needs funding curtailed….