SEND SYSTEM ‘failing children’

Two damning reports have found that children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) are being failed by the current SEND system.

MPs on the House of Commons Education Committee have concluded that poor implementation of reforms to the SEND system have left families, schools and local authorities struggling to cope.

A separate investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found that children are routinely waiting more than a year to receive Education, Health and Care plans, while families face a lack of communication and a failure to anticipate their children’s needs. The Ombudsman is currently investigating more complaints from parents than ever before and nearly nine out of ten cases it investigates are upheld.

In response to its report, the Education Committee has called for a series of measures, including a greater focus on SEND during school inspections and greater powers to investigate schools where concerns are raised about SEND provision.

The NASUWT believes that the problems highlighted by the two reports are the consequence of the Government’s failure to properly implement its reforms to the SEND system and the cuts made to budgets and resources for schools and local authorities to meet the needs of pupils with SEND. Schools have struggled against the odds to provide all the support they can.

The buck stops firmly at the door of the Government for failing pupils with SEND.

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