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(UK) "Put simply, there are more children needing additional provisions every year"

Dec 27, 2017, Huffington (UK) Huge Rise In Special Education Appeals Is Not A Surprise http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/huge-rise-in-special-education-appeals-is-not-a-surprise_uk_5a3ba7bbe4b0d86c803c6f46 The latest statistics revealed this month (14 December) by the Ministry of Justice show the number of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) appeals registered in the last academic year has risen by a huge 27% or over 1,000 cases to 4,725 appeals. Sadly, I’m not surprised. The number of children with Statements of Special Educational Needs(SEN) or the newer Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) has been the same proportion of roughly 2.8% of children at school since 2009. However, as the number of children at school has increased therefore so have the number of children with SEN Statements and EHCPs to 242,185 in 2016 (year ending January 2017). This includes an additional 5,380 children with a SEN statement or EHCP in 2016, than there were in 2015, all of whom need additional support, provisions and/or specialist settings. Put simply, there are more children needing additional provisions every year. The latest statistics released show an increase in the number of SEND appeals to 4,725 in the academic year running August 2016 to August 2017 year. This means that for every five new Statements or EHCPs that were registered in 2016/17 the Local Authority were also dealing with four SEND appeals. Appeals cover many things from decision to not assess a child for SEN to which school is most suitable for them. Of all the appeals in 2016/17, 2,025, nearly half, came from children with a presenting need of autism/ASD. Our borough currently has nearly 500 children that it sends to provisions outside its borders as it is unable to meet the child’s needs. There are many boroughs with much higher numbers.