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(UK) Sheffield SPED "is still in 'dire crisis'"

Nov 21, 2018, Plane Radio: Special needs support in Sheffield schools 'still in dire crisis' https://planetradio.co.uk/hallam/local/news/special-needs-support-in-sheffield-schools-till-in-dire-crisis/ More than a year after the council promised change, we're hearing special needs support in Sheffield schools is still in "dire crisis". Last September we told you about worries over exclusions and kids being refused support plans. Now charities say the problems are still growing in the city, despite a promise from the council to improve services. Charities, parents, lawyers and academics are now forming a new group to monitor services in the city and across the UK. Chrissie Meleady supports families of special needs kids - she's one of those whose set up the new group and says not enough's being done… A lot of the complaints centre on something called a Education, Health and Care Plan which is a legal document setting out what support is needed for a child with special needs. Parents say many kids are refused one, or have to wait months to be assessed. Saphire Took's helped set up the new monitoring group - she says many kids are temporarily or permanently excluded for their behaviour so spend months, and even years, out of school while they wait for support…