June 12, 2018, (UK) Schools Week: Children’s commissioner: ‘Millions of pupils miss out on support’ https://schoolsweek.co.uk/childrens-commissioner-millions-of-pupils-miss-out-on-support/ Half of the money spent on children’s services – support provided over and above a child’s education – goes to just 73,000 children in care, while the rest of the cash has to stretch to the other 11.7 million pupils in the country, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The research, commissioned by the children’s commissioner Anne Longfield, found pressure mounting on special schools and alternative provision for excluded pupils. The majority of pupils miss out “because of the huge cost of helping a small number of children who are in crisis”, she warned. Altogether, 72 per cent of children’s services budgets are now spent helping families said to be in “severe need” – including those in care. As a result, other pupils who may not be in crisis but still need support receive help too late, and put pressure on school and care systems. This is exacerbated by the “spiralling numbers of school exclusions” and an increase in younger pupils being linked to violent street gangs. Meanwhile, high-needs budgets for pupils with SEND are under pressure as a result of an increase in the number of pupils with severe learning difficulties and speech, language and communication needs in maintained special schools. For example, the number of pupils with autism in maintained special schools has increased by 50 per cent since 2012….