Assembly response to London Council’s SEND report

23 July 2019

London Councils has today released a report looking into provisions made for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

It has found that children’s services across London are ‘facing an unsustainable level of financial risk’.

The London Assembly Education Panel published its report last year detailing similar concerns and in response, the Chair of the Education Panel, Jennette Arnold OBE AM, said:

“It is a shame that a year to the day we published our report, there is more confirmation that SEND provision in London is in grave danger.

“As the demand for SEND provision rises, so should spending in real terms per pupil. It is unrealistic and unsustainable that local authorities should put themselves in financial turmoil because they’re made to subsidise a deficit in SEND funding.

“It is important that different agencies and regions work together in order to provide the resource needed for SEND children.

“The Mayor must continue to put pressure on the government to ensure funding increases in real terms per pupil with high needs and the creation of new special schools, where the need is greatest. He should also consider including SEND in his Social Inclusion Strategy and utilise the devolution of the Adult Education Budget to support training for young people with SEND.

“SEND pupils are more than capable of having a bright future and a good life in adulthood if the resource is made available to ensure the work to make that happens starts as early as possible.”

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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