Education Policy Institute publishes report into access to Special Schools in England
March 9, 2018
Referring to the 2016 consultation, 'Schools that Work for Everyone', the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has looked into the government’s ambition for all children to have a good school nearby, specifically analysing any justification for the lack of reference to the 110,000 pupils in special schools.
The EPI’s analysis shows that “in cities, the average pupil at a special school is travelling nearly four miles while in rural areas it is ten. And a significant number are travelling much further still: a tenth of pupils at special schools in cities travel nearly nine miles and in rural areas it is over 20 miles”. These distances vary greatly when compared to the travelling distances of children attending a mainstream school.
While acknowledging the limitations that some areas of the country have in terms of pupils accessing a good primary or secondary school, the report also concludes that “if the government is serious about providing good and accessible schools for all pupils then they need to give greater attention to special schools”.