Children with special needs are being turned away from 'underfunded' state schools, councils report

The number of pupils with additional educational needs or disabilities attending specialist schools has risen substantially in the past four years, putting cash-strapped local councils under increasing pressure, LGA warns.


Children with special educational needs and disabilities are at risk of being turned away from mainstream schools due to a lack of funding, council leaders have warned. 


Budget cuts along with rising demand is putting a strain on councils’ abilities to offer places to these pupils in need of extra help, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).


Analysis of government data shows the percentage of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) attending a specialist school has risen in the past four years – from 5.6 per cent in 2012 to 8.5 per cent last year.


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