Thousands took to the streets on 30th May to demand the government take action against significant issues with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) funding. The SEND national crisis campaign, supported by several leading sector unions, delivered a petition of more than 12,000 signatures to Downing Street and demonstrated in Parliament Square.
The demonstrations come after the IPPR North think-tank warned of real terms cuts to SEND provisions, with an estimated 17% reduction in funding over three years.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leadership union the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT), stated:
“We are reaching the point where a child with additional needs, be that disability or a mental health condition or behavioural issues, is immediately severely disadvantaged. For these children the idea of fair access to education is nothing more than an empty promise.”