Special Needs Education Crisis

July 23, 2019 12:25 PM

Nationally since 2015 there has been a £1.2 billion shortfall in Government funding for children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND). In Derby the total cash shortfall in High Needs funding since 2015 is over £15 million.

On 30th May local Lib Dems joined with parents and others for a nationwide day of protest against this shortfall in funding. The campaign puts pressure on the Conservative Government to properly fund SEND.

When Labour were in control of Derby City Council they cut top up funding for schools, so they had less money to spend on meeting the needs of pupils with SEND. This led to some of those pupils not being able to cope in a mainstream school, and some being out of education for a long time. Lib Dem councillors took up these issues with a senior legal officer at the Council at the time.

Labour also implemented pay cuts for Teaching Assistants who work with pupils who have SEND. Some lost as much as a quarter of their pay.