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(UK) "Immediate action from govt" needed to address SPED problems

Sept 6, 2019, NI, Belfast Telegraph: ‘Postcode lottery’ for children with special needs https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/postcode-lottery-for-children-with-special-needs-38473104.html The Government has announced a review of services and support for youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities. Children with special educational needs are facing a “postcode lottery” of support, ministers have warned. A new review will look at how to improve services for youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) and how to help parents make the best decisions for their child, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced. The review has the potential to be a “game changer”, one charity said, but added that there needs to be immediate action from Government. Under plans announced today, the review will examine and put forward ideas for action on how to ensure support from different services – such as health, care and education – is consistent, and available across England…. Last week, the Government announced it would be investing £700 million [$860M U.S.] in support for pupils with additional needs…. … The last major Government review of special needs education five years ago saw huge upheaval to the system, but little improvement to how many children were supported. “This all has the potential to be a game changer for children with special needs. But only if we see immediate action from Government, not a review that goes on interminably. “These children need an increase to their support and its needs to reach the frontline so we get more specialist teachers across the country delivering the ‘superb’ education Boris Johnson has promised.”… Send services were overhauled in 2014 and saw the introduction of Education Health and Care plans (EHCs) as part of attempts to make the system simpler and more consistent. As of January, 1.3 million school-age pupils in England were classed as having special educational needs, according to official figures, and of these 271,200 have an EHC plan.