(UK) Fewer mainstream schools with SPED provisions as special needs numbers rise

July 30, 2018,Tes: Big drop in mainstream school SEND provision The number of mainstream schools with additional provision for children with special educational needs has dropped by 10 per cent between 2017 and 2018, official figures reveal. The Department for Education statistics show that the number of primary and secondary schools with SEND units or "resourced provision" dropped from 3,489 in January 2017 to 3,157 in January 2018. A SEND unit is special provision within a mainstream school where children with SEND are taught mainly within separate classes. Resourced provision is where a mainstream school has places reserved for pupils with a specific type of SEND, who are taught mainly within mainstream classes but require a base and some specialist facilities. The statistics show a drop of 332 schools with provision in either category between 2017 and 2018. In secondaries that breaks down to 90 (14 per cent) fewer SEND units and 61 (8 per cent) fewer schools with resourced provision. Among primaries, there are 42 (5 per cent) fewer SEN units and 139 (11 per cent) fewer schools with resourced provision…. The fall comes as the statistics also revealed a further rise in the number of children with SEND – from 14.4 per cent of all pupils to 14.6 per cent. There has also been a rise in the proportion of pupils with statements or EHC plans attending special schools – from 40.5 per cent in 2014 to 44.2 per cent of pupils this year.