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(UK) Special needs students being 'pushed out' of schools

Nov 9, 2017, UK School Week: SEND pupils ‘pushed out’ of mainstream schools, new data shows https://schoolsweek.co.uk/send-pupils-pushed-out-of-mainstream-schools-new-data-shows/ More pupils with statements of special educational needs or education health and care plans (EHCPs) are increasingly being “pushed out” of mainstream schools into special schools, new data from a national charity has revealed. Analysis of government statistics by the National Association of Special Educational Needs, whose members include special schools and special educational needs coordinators in mainstream schools, shows increased pressure on special needs schools to take on more pupils over the past decade. The proportion of pupils with statements or EHCPs in special schools rose from 36 per cent in 2007 to 44 per cent this year. Other pupils in these schools need SEN support but don’t have a formalised statement. … Adam Boddison, the charity’s chief executive, told a Westminster Education Forum event today that the increase caused a “capacity problem” in special schools, which are “bursting at the seams” and have waiting lists. ... As a result, more schools are saying they can’t meet the needs of those young people, prompting an “artificial push towards getting places in special schools instead”...