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(UK) "Grave concern" over lack of school places for special needs kids

Aug 7, 2017, UK Independent: One in five children with special needs left without school place http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/one-in-five-special-needs-children-school-place-uk-samantha-hale-local-authority-a7881531.html Almost one in five primary school children in England with special educational needs have been left in limbo after local authorities failed to provide them with a secondary school place, experts have said. At least 2,421 special needs children who are due to start secondary school in September were not given education plans before the legal deadline, according to data released under freedom of information laws. … "Some children struggle with changes. Any change has to be properly planned, if it's not, it can increase anxiety and mean their behaviour will deteriorate. Some children can get so distressed it can impact their physical wellbeing.”… Of the 14,709 children whose plans were due by the February deadline, 11,658 were delivered on time, with some local authorities admitting to missing the deadline for over three quarters of the special needs children in their area, the data showed. ... I Within London, Haringey had the worst record for providing school plans in time – failing to do so for 67 out of 105 children who needed them…. There are more than 260,000 children and young people registered as having special educational needs in the UK, according to Simpson Miller. "If they can't manage the smaller numbers by that deadline, how are they going to manage everyone else? That is a huge concern for us," Ms Hale said. "I think the number is more than they can cope with. There's grave concern about what's going to happen in March next year."