Responding to an announcement today by the DfE that thousands of new school places will be created for children with special educational needs, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
“With school budgets at breaking point and health and social care services severely cut, schools have been left struggling to meet the needs of our most vulnerable pupils. Today’s announcement of new school places for children with severe learning difficulties is therefore to be welcomed.
“However, this money will only go so far and funding shortages in schools go much further and deeper. It is of particular concern that the financial burden of addition support for pupils with more complex needs penalises those mainstream schools that are the most inclusive. This is unsustainable. We need significant investment into existing schools and services to ensure all pupils, irrespective of starting point or need, fulfil their full potential.”