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(UK) Staffordshire Council sees huge increases in SPED; nationwide happening

Nov 12, 2018, Lichfield Live: Consultation launched over plans to improve support in schools for children with special education needs https://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2018/11/12/consultation-launched-over-plans-to-improve-support-in-schools-for-children-with-special-education-needs/ A consultation has been launched over plans to improve support in schools for children with special educational needs. Staffordshire County Council says it hopes the proposals would see more pupils taught closer to home. … Figures show that more than 15,800 students – around 13% of all pupils – across the county have special education needs, while there has also been a 33% increase over the past five years in the number of youngsters requiring “high support”. Cllr Sutton added: “The increasing demand in Staffordshire is no different to the rest of the country and it’s clear that we have make sure every young person receives the help they need. …