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(UK) "The number of students with complex needs...is rising"

March 10, 2017, TES Global (London): Class sizes rising and SEND support cut due to funding crisis https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/class-sizes-rising-and-send-support-cut-due-funding-crisis School leaders are having to increase class sizes, cut back support for vulnerable students and narrow the curriculum, according to findings revealing the "impossible choices" facing heads…. According to the survey, 95 per cent of school leaders say that their support services have had to be cut back because of the funding situation. There is particular concern that provision for vulnerable students will be impacted – 58 per cent of respondents said special needs support has been hit and 50 per cent said that mental health support has been affected. One school leader, who responded to the survey, said: “The number of students with complex needs, including mental health conditions, is rising and we have had to cut the provision to support them.