Exclusive: Schools wasting SEND money, says DfE adviser

Schools are wasting money by applying for education health and care plans (EHCPs) for pupils who do not need them, a government adviser has reportedly warned, TES is reporting.

Tony McArdle, who is advising the Department for Education’s review into support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), made the claims in a meeting with local authority leaders, minutes reveal.

Mr McArdle, the minutes state, “believed there was a lot of money wasted in SEND, particularly because of the structure, but also because of the way it was operated”.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the “totally insufficient” amount of money available overall meant that schools were left with no choice but to apply for care plans to support their pupils.

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