April 15, 2019, Independent: Children with special needs forced out of school for years as funding fails to meet demand https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/special-educational-needs-sen-school-funding-children-parents-a8867581.html Hundreds of shocking cases of children with special needs being forced out of school have emerged as figures reveal a £1.2bn drop in real-terms funding over the past four years. Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are out of school for years at a time as government funding to local authorities has failed to keep up with a rise in demand. … One mother said her son, who has Asperger’s, has become severely depressed after being left at home without a college place for nearly two years. He stopped eating, talking and washing. In other cases, parents have been forced to quit their jobs in order to look after children at home.