More than 8,000 with SEND have no access to education

The NEU teaching union has found that 8,587 children and young people with education, health and care (EHC) plans are classed as “awaiting provision” for a school place. Tes reports

The NEU has looked at data published by the Department for Education, which shows that in January 2019 the number of children and young people with EHC plans who were not in education included:

  • 1,203 children of school age with EHC plans who were not currently in school but awaiting placement in a school;
  • 1,508 children aged 16 or over who were not currently in education but were awaiting a placement;
  • 5,876 young people who were not in employment, education or training (NEET).

DfE figures for 2017 show that there were then 4,050 pupils and young people with EHC plans or statements of special educational needs who were “awaiting provision”, including “a small number” who were NEET.

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, said “The fact that over 8,500 young people with SEND are currently not receiving any form of education is appalling and shows that the government has not listened to teachers and parents who are tirelessly campaigning for more funding.

“This week’s court case, in which a group of parents have taken legal action against the secretary of state and chancellor of the exchequer, highlights the severity of the current situation in SEND, as well as the determination of families, schools and activists to fight for a fair education for all.”

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