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(UK) Robertsbridge family joins suit over SPED services; 'national scandal' thousands lack support

Dec 24, 2018, Rye and Battle Observer: Robertsbridge family join High Court challenge over special needs funding https://www.ryeandbattleobserver.co.uk/news/education/robertsbridge-family-join-high-court-challenge-over-special-needs-funding-1-8749989 A family from Robertsbridge has joined others across the country in a High Court legal challenge against the government’s special education needs funding policy which is leaving “thousands of children across the country in limbo”. Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Public Law and Human Rights team is acting for a number of families who believe that their children, who have an array of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), are not receiving the essential support they require. … The families believe that current government grants are leaving councils without enough money to fulfil their legal obligation of providing care for pupils with a range of disabilities and conditions. The application comes after education watchdog Ofsted said earlier this month that it was a “national scandal” that thousands of children in England diagnosed with special educational needs were missing out on support. Following a recent announcement that the Department for Education had pledged an additional £350 million [$440M US dollars] for SEND funding, Ofsted added there was still “a long way to go” before children with specialist needs receive “the support they deserve.” Nico Heugh Simone, 15, from Robertsbridge, has autism, anxiety and related conditions which means he requires specialist educational care to remain in a mainstream school. When he started secondary school in September 2014, East Sussex County Council would not meet the total cost of his care, arguing the school should pay the shortfall out of its budget. …