Pressure mounts over crisis in SEND funding

The conclusion from MPs’ inquiry into SEND looks set to be critical of how the 2014 reforms are working in practice. Funding is the core issue and last month thousands of parents took to the streets in protest. The DfE has launched a call for evidence on funding arrangements, but the pressure is mounting...

On May 21, Nadhim Zahawi MP and Nick Gibb MP appeared before the Education Select Committee to defend the state of SEND provision in our schools. This was the last session in what has been a year-long enquiry into the success or not of the 2014 SEND reforms.

Opening the hearing, chair of the committee Robert Halfon MP told the ministers: “Almost to a man and woman everyone who has appeared, everyone who has sent in evidence, no one thinks the system is working. Everybody thinks that special needs is currently a big mess even if the intention of the Children’s and Families Act was a very good one.”

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