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(UK) Leeds: SPED explodes: 2,041 to 5,006 in 7 yrs; 'dramatic increase' in demand

Nov 18, 2021, Telegraph and Argus: Why a 'parlous' situation in Bradford was raised in a council meeting..... in Leeds

Central England Children with special educational needs in Bradford are being encouraged to go to school in Leeds, according to a senior Leeds city councillor. Speaking at a meeting of Leeds City Council’s decision-making executive board, leader of the Conservatives group Coun Andrew Carter went on to claim neighbouring Bradford Council’s children’s services were in a “parlous” state, and that the authority was often late in its payments to Leeds schools. It follows a report by council officers earlier this month that the number of children in Leeds with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) had more than doubled between 2014 and 2021…. Coun Carter, who represents the Calverley and Farsley ward, told the meeting: “The number of special educational needs children is rising quite rapidly. … "They are, I believe, encouraging children who have an education, health and care plan, in Bradford, to go to Leeds schools. “I suppose that is okay, because the funding supposedly follows the young person, and comes from their local authority of residence. “But I’m told those payments are obviously made late, schools in question under financial pressure are having to chase and chase and chase…. “In one case, the young person concerned has moved onto secondary school and the primary school still hasn’t got the funding,” added Coun Carter, who has spoken out numerous times in the past about issues in Bradford that impact on Leeds. Leeds City Council’s executive member for education Coun Jonathan Pryor (Lab) said: “The specifics are going to differ from pupil to pupil, but I am more than happy to look into that.” A report by Leeds City Council officers into the authority’s SEND strategy stated that there had been a “dramatic increase” in demand for EHCPs in recent years, with numbers within Leeds increasing from 2,041in 2014, to 5,006.

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fei fei
Nov 20, 2021

Anyone who still supports vaccinating children, infants, moms, and teens - must be declared insane! Vaccines don’t save anyones lives.

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