Give schools incentives to admit more special needs children, councils urge

Mainstream schools should be incentivised to admit more pupils with special educational needs as parents are losing confidence in the sector’s ability to cater for their children, councils say. The Independent reports

Schools should be made to pay for alternative provision and transport if a child is excluded, and Ofsted should focus more closely on how inclusive a school is, according to the Local Government Association.  

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Schools exclude pupils only as a last resort and in order to ensure that other pupils are able to learn in a safe and orderly environment.

“It would not be right to make schools pay for the cost of alternative provision and transport if a pupil is excluded because this would effectively mean they were being financially penalised for taking a decision in the best interests of the wider school community.”

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