Budget cuts mean mainstream schools could turn away SEND pupils

More funding is needed to support SEND pupils in mainstream and special schools, council chiefs say.


Mainstream schools may be forced to turn away pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, unless there is an increase in government funding, council chiefs have said.


The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 local authorities, has warned the government that, unless it increases funding for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), these children will miss out on a mainstream education.


An LGA analysis of Department for Education data reveals that there has been a substantial increase over the last four years of SEND pupils attending specialist schools: from 5.6 per cent in 2012 to 8.5 per cent in 2016.


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