In a speech to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) on 3 May 2019, the Education Secretary announced a call for evidence on the funding arrangements for pupils with complex special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The call for evidence launches today and will run until 31 July 2019.
Related to this topic, MPs took part in a backbench debate on school funding in the House of Commons on 25 April. Members from across the House highlighted the impact of rising costs and the real-terms cut in per-pupil funding on schools. In particular, MPs were concerned about the severe funding pressures on pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Other concerns raised included the fact that schools are having to find money to provide essential services for pupils previously provided by health or social institutions. A motion calling on the government to increase school funding to cover the cost of providing these services passed with no objections.