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*(UK) "Resources already stretched"; 1,000 SPED kids without services

Jan 5, 2018, (UK) Tes: Exclusive: Law flouted as pupils forced to wait more than a year for SEND support https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/exclusive-law-flouted-pupils-forced-wait-more-a-year-send-support Statutory 20-week deadline for pupils to be issued with their education, health and care plans missed in at least 900 cases Around 1,000 pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have had to wait over a year for the specialist support plans to which they are legally entitled, a Tes investigation reveals…. If the same pattern was reflected in the remaining authorities across the country, the total number of children who waited longer than a year would be 1,238 in 2016 – the most recent year for which figures are available…. Councils say: SEND resources are already stretched. The delays are also being blamed on a shortage of therapists to carry out the assessments, and the growing number of tribunal appeals against draft plans. …