(UK) London's 'special need time bomb'; mayor called on to provide for places for increasing demand

July 23, 2018, Schools Week: Sadiq Khan urged to intervene over London’s ‘special needs timebomb’ The mayor of London Sadiq Khan is under pressure to take action over the capital’s “special needs timebomb”. The London Assembly’s cross-party education panel, which holds the mayor to account on policy matters, said Khan should lobby the government for more high needs funding for the capital’s schools, more flexibility over finances for local authorities, and support for more special free schools. … In 2017, around 204,000, or 14 per cent of all pupils in London had some level of special educational need or disability. This is 20 per cent more than ten years ago, and thousands more places for SEND pupils will be needed in the coming years, politicians have warned. … …, warns that funding has not kept up with demand….