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(UK) SPED students "increasingly marginalised"; 59% increase in ASD kids excluded

Oct 18, 2018, Shields Gazette: Emma Lewell-Buck MP: School cuts hit children with special education needs the hardest https://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/education/emma-lewell-buck-mp-school-cuts-hit-children-with-special-education-needs-the-hardest-1-9402504 … Others are not so lucky, and in Tory Britain, children with special educational needs and disabilities are becoming increasingly marginalised in education. Schools in England are facing the first real-terms funding cuts in 20 years with £2.8billion being cut from school budgets since 2015. Support for SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) is often the first to go and as a result many children who would have previously succeeded in mainstream education are being marginalised. SEND students are over-represented in exclusion figures: three quarters of the pupils in pupil referral units have special educational needs. Department for Education statistics show a 59% rise in exclusions among autistic children between 2011-12 and 2015-16. Worse still in 2017, 4,152 SEND children were left without a school place at all. …