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(UK) 'Shameful treatment of SPED kids; 4,152 children don't have a place in school

April 8, 2018, (UK) Times: ‘Shameful’ cuts hit children with special needs https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/shameful-cuts-hit-children-with-special-needs-mx3z7qvh2 The treatment of children with special needs is “shameful”, the shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, said yesterday as a new analysis revealed the number waiting for school places had risen fivefold. Department for Education figures show that 4,152 children and young people with disabilities or special needs were left without a school place last year. The children were not home-schooled and received no state provision during school hours, with the majority forced to stay at home with parents or carers. In 2010, the equivalent figure stood at just 776 and has risen sharply in recent years; schools say they are unable to pay for specialist staff and equipment. …