(UK) Hampshire England: 'Increase in demand' for SPED students in secondary schools

Aug 10, 2017, UK Southampton Southern Daily Echo: Two councils miss deadline to help children with special needs TWO Hampshire councils have failed to deliver plans for children with special educational needs as they prepare to move to secondary school this September. Figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request by specialist education lawyers Simpson Millar show more than 100 councils, including Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council, have not fulfilled their legal duties. They failed to meet the statutory deadline for issuing final transition educational health and care plans to children with special educational needs. … Across the country 2,405 children have been left waiting for plans, despite the fact that authorities had a legal duty to deliver it by February 15 – in time for parents to help their children make the move, or appeal. … The spokeswoman said: “Due to an increase in the demand for places at [Great Oaks] school, we had to apply to the Department for Education in order to increase their numbers. This has to go through a timed consultation process, which took longer than expected and took us outside of the statutory timeframes. “The panel for this school sat later than normal this year, due to an increase in numbers, which again took us outside of the deadline.”