Report reveals systemic failings in SEN system

Mainstream schools are struggling to support the 1.1 million pupils with SEN or disabilities in England, says a new report from The Key.


More than eight in ten mainstream schools across England do not have sufficient funding and budget to adequately provide for pupils with SEN, the survey found, while 89 per cent of school leaders believe cuts to local authorities’ services have had a detrimental impact on the support their school receives for pupils with SEN and disabilities.


Three-quarters of schools have pupils who have been waiting longer than the expected maximum time of six weeks for an assessment of SEN or an education, health and care (EHC) plan. Initial teacher training does not adequately prepare teachers to support pupils with SEN and disabilities, according to 88 per cent of those surveyed.


More than two-thirds of schools in England are calling for a greater focus on children with SEN and disabilities in mainstream education policy making.


The survey suggests that there are far-reaching and systemic issues in the support currently available to children with SEN and that the situation is getting worse. Nearly nine out of ten (89 per cent) of school leaders said the support they receive for these children has been affected detrimentally by cuts to local authority services.


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