Children with special needs are being turned away from ‘underfunded’ state schools, councils report

The Independent reports that the number of pupils with additional educational needs or disabilities attending specialist schools has risen substantially in the past four years, putting cash-strapped local councils under increasing pressure, LGA warns. 

Budget cuts along with rising demand is putting a strain on councils’ abilities to offer places to these pupils in need of extra help.

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.

Funding dedicated for SEND children has also been frozen for several years, the association added, putting council budgets under increasing pressure at a time when there is already a squeeze on funding.

More than 1.2 million children in England were classed as having special educational needs last year – down from 1.3 million in 2015.

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