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Contact’s response to report on lack of SEN funding for schools

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Today the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) has published a report about funding for children with special educational needs (SEN) in schools. It found that it is getting harder to support children with SEN because of reduced funding.

Una Summerson, head of policy at Contact, said:

"Today's report from the NAHT on SEN funding in schools reflects what we are hearing from parents who call our helpline.

"More and more parents are being told by schools that they don't have the resources to support their child. The number of teaching assistants is being cut, and it is harder than ever to access specialist help such as speech and language therapy.

"Without support in place some children with SEN end up being put on part-time timetables, excluded or developing emotional and mental health difficulties which affect their attendance. This has a terrible impact on their future life chances.

"SEN support in schools has historically been underfunded. But local authorities are now facing a really challenging financial environment and the system is really feeling the strain, with children with SEND and their families bearing the brunt."

That's why Contact is backing the Disabled Children's Partnership call to plug the funding gap to better support the health and care needs of disabled children in school and at home.  

Find out more about getting involved in the Disabled Children's Partnership.