(UK) Warwickshire: "Insufficient money" leaves 20 ASD students WITHOUT a school place

Mar 19, 2019, Leamington Observer: Funding crisis means children with special educational needs and disabilities in Warwickshire missing school A FUNDING crisis has left children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) unable to attend school say campaigners. Government cuts have left local authorities with insufficient money to fulfill its obligations to SEND pupils who account for around 14 per cent of children across the UK. And campaign group Warwickshire SEND National Crisis says 20 children in Warwickshire cannot attend school due to lack of places and support in schools. Parent Simon Morris is among those whose child was missing out because of poor support for children with autism. He voiced his frustration at a recent meeting for parents of children with special needs in Leamington. … Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is aware there are children who do not have access to full-time mainstream education and who are awaiting assessments and support plans. WCC education spokesman Coun Colin Hayfield assured parents the council recognised the shortfall in local government funding for children with SEND, and was in regular contact with the education minister. He said: “We have recently received an additional in year sum of £1.2million [$1.6M US dollars] from the Department of Education and will receive the same figure again in addition to our funding settlement for the new financial year, to enable us to be better positioned to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND. … SEND Warwickshire will be holding a rally in Leamington Pump Room gardens on May 30.