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Barriers to achievement for SEN pupils raised even higher

The ability of schools across the UK to provide equal access to high-quality educational opportunities and provision for children with special needs is being thwarted by underfunding as a result of the UK Government’s austerity measures, which have resulted in cuts to support, funding and resources, the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has heard.

Representatives at the Conference in Cardiff have warned that children and young people are facing even higher barriers to their achievement due to the impact of budget cuts and reforms to special educational needs, along with the failure to invest in the schools workforce.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Education budgets have been slashed across the UK and resources to support some of the most vulnerable children in our schools have suffered as a consequence.

“Children with SEN in England have an added disadvantage in that the Coalition Government has redefined special needs, and consequently, those who were previously eligible for funding no longer qualify. Yet the need remains and schools are left to pick up the pieces.

“Supporting children and young people with special needs requires investment in schools and services.

“In a publicly funded education service, all children and young people with special educational needs are entitled to have all barriers to achievement removed, not to face those barriers being raised even higher.”


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This entry was posted on April 10, 2015 by in The NASUWT.

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