ASCL responds to PAC report on SEND system

06/05/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, ‘Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities’
 
Commenting on the report of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, ‘Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities’, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“The PAC’s report paints a stark picture of a system for supporting children with special educational needs which is poorly funded and ridiculously complicated.

“It is important to understand that many teachers and support staff do an amazing job for these young people despite these circumstances, but they need more backing from the government in the form of sufficient funding, and a system which is more streamlined and less bureaucratic.

“We welcome the fact that the government has recently launched a review of the special educational needs system, and the allocation of more funding in 2020/21, but we need to be clear that this extra money is not enough to meet demand, and the financial strain will continue.

“This report comes at a time when many young people with special educational needs are at home because of the coronavirus crisis and the consequent shutdown of schools to most pupils.

“When schools reopen, these children are likely to need the most support, in terms of their wellbeing as well as their academic work. This makes it even more important to address the funding shortfall and systemic problems as a matter of urgency.”