The provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this call for evidence. The government’s own statistics  report that the number of children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) has increased by 11% since 2018. Of the 354,000 children and young people with an EHCP, over 39% are receiving SEN provision in a mainstream school and over 16% are in a Further Education establishment.
In addition to those with an EHCP there are more than one million children and young people receiving SEN support , mostly in mainstream settings. We understand that this call for evidence is about how the current financial arrangements work, and not about the funding quantum. However, the pressure on school budgets created by providing support for a wide range of need in a system where the distribution formula does not always reliably measure SEN cannot be underestimated.

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