Search

(UK) England faces cost of disabled students; support for SPED kids is 'wearing away'

Feb 5, 2019, (UK) Ekklesia: Schools at breaking point as funding pressures hit support for SEND pupils, says NEU http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/27670 The results of a snapshot survey of 1,026 primary and secondary school teachers in England, shows the alarming levels of inadequate and underfunded provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). School and local authority budget cuts are making it nigh impossible to provide the quality of education that every child with SEND is entitled to and which teachers, special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) and school staff want to be giving. When asked to describe the situation at their school, and whether there are enough appropriately trained staff to support SEND pupils effectively:  81 per cent said that there was ‘less than enough’ staff….: Excessive waiting times for access to CAMHS, speech and language or behaviour support, is true for 95 per cent of primary schools and 75 per cent of secondary schools, according to respondents. The situation is generally worse for primary schools where 84 per cent reported excessive waiting times for assessment of need/EHC (education, healh and care) plans, compared to 65 per cent in secondary schools. … Reacting to the findings, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “These are shocking reports from the frontline of teaching. The infrastructure to support SEND pupils is wearing away. Schools do everything they can, but the barriers and waiting lists created by this Government’s actions, are having terrible effects on pupils who need help now. It is alarming that excessive waiting times are more pronounced in primary schools, where early intervention is so vital, and that so many children are on part-time timetables. …