August 3, 2017, Norwich (England) Eastern Daily Press: Number of pupils in Norfolk with complex needs rises - but amount with care plan drops http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/education/number-of-pupils-in-norfolk-with-complex-needs-rises-but-amount-with-care-plan-drops- Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show the number of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) across the county rose from 18,250 in January 2016 to 18,589 this year - from 15.4pc of the total school population to 15.5pc. ... EHCPs, which began to replace statements of need from 2014, have proved problematic around the country - parents say they are a complex and lengthy process, with many struggling to see them granted at all. ... But, with many mainstream schools stretched in terms of what they can offer, they added: “To boost the number of places available there two new specialist schools opening in September, and we have funded extra places with existing providers to help alleviate some of the pressures which are being felt both locally and nationally.” … More primary school children are suffering from mental health problems, the figures show. The government data shows that in January 2016, 1,754 children at primary schools were classed as having social, emotional and mental health issues as their main type of need. ... Growing mental health problems in younger children is an issue that schools are trying to tackle. A survey by teaching union NASUWT earlier this year found that almost a fifth, 18pc, of teachers polled had dealt with four to seven-year-olds showing mental health issues. Just over a third, 35pc, had seen problems in children aged from seven to 11.