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(UK) SPED demand up, funding strained

March 29, 2017, UK Independent: Children with special needs are being turned away from 'underfunded' state schools, councils report http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/children-turned-away-state-school-underfunded-special-needs-disabilities-councils-report-lga-budget-a7656601.html Children with special educational needs and disabilities are at risk of being turned away from mainstream schools due to a lack of funding, council leaders have warned. Budget cuts along with rising demand is putting a strain on councils’ abilities to offer places to these pupils in need of extra help, according to the Local Government Association (LGA). Analysis of government data shows the percentage of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) attending a specialist school has risen in the past four years – from 5.6 per cent in 2012 to 8.5 per cent last year. There has also been an increase in the proportions attending independent schools, something the LGA says is because it is becoming increasingly difficult to place these children in mainstream schools. … “We’ve also announced a £215 million fund for councils across the country to improve and create more special provision.