Assembly responds to Government consultation on SEND & AP pupils

01 August 2019

The London Assembly Education Panel has responded to the Department for Education’s consultation on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP).

In a previous report on SEND, the Panel called for more funding to be made available by the government to support SEND pupils.

Chair of the Education Panel, Jennette Arnold OBE, said:

“SEND pupils need adequate support in order for them to have a bright a future.

“To do this, the government must ensure funding increases in real terms per pupil, taking into account the future growth in the number of SEND pupils.

“Currently, local authorities are buckling under the pressure of trying to fund the rising demand for SEND provision. The government has the means to help and it must do so.

“We cannot run the risk of there being an educational gap between pupils who don’t need SEND provision and those who do. There is a moral obligation on the government to make sure there is a level playing field for all children in London and the rest of the country.”

Notes to editors

  1. Read the report ‘Together: Transforming the lives of children and young people with special education needs and disabilities in London’
  2. Special educational needs in England: January 2017
  3. Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Chair of the Education Panel is available for interview. See contact details below.
  4. Education Panel
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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