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(UK) Herts: SEND Reform England demands 'complete reform' of SPED system

Oct 9, 2023, The Comet: Herts: Mainstream schools increase support for SEND pupils

North of London

Schools in Hertfordshire have increased their capacity to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
From last month, places have been created in six Special Resource Provisions (SRPs) to support children with speech, language, communication needs and autism, who don't need a special school, but do need additional support so they can access learning in a mainstream school.

The new SRPs are at four mainstream primary schools…

Each of these are providing support for 12 pupils who have an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) with an identified support need.

New SRPs have also opened at two mainstream secondary schools…

This is in addition to the SRP at The Priory School in Hitchin, which opened with 20 places in September last year.

Hertfordshire County Council says its multi-million-pound investment in the development of new SRPs "is helping to address a current gap in the county’s SEND service and meet increased need in Hertfordshire for SEND support".

It comes as campaigners prepare to protest in St Albans city centre for SEND reforms…. SEND Reform England hopes to encourage more specialist schools and school places, more funding for SEND pupils in mainstream schools, easier and quicker access to diagnostic services and support, and a dedicated minister for SEND.

The group began in May this year as a group of 10 mothers from across the country. Following a protest in London, a petition with 60,000 signatures was delivered to Downing Street.

Campaigner Michelle Cox said: "Support and funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities has been squeezed more and more over recent years.

"We hear from parents, carers and educators daily who tell us how lack of support is having devastating effects on children and their families.

"SEND Reform England are demanding a complete reform of the SEND Education system and are working with central government and local authorities across the country to ensure these stories are heard.

"We will not stop fighting until every child in England has equal opportunities and disabled children have a chance to thrive, not just survive."…

"We’re committed to providing the right education in the right place at the right time, and we know there is a need to create more provision in Hertfordshire so that our children and young people with SEND can attend the most appropriate education setting, and achieve the best possible outcomes, as close to their home and community as possible."


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