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A new education campus for children with extra support needs is being officially opened in Renfrewshire.Erskine Waterfront Campus is run by CrossReach, the operating arm of the Church of Scotland’s social care council.The facility has been designed for up to 36 pupils aged seven to 16 who need additional support…
Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is facing a potential funding gap of more than £500 million, the Local Government Association estimates.The services in England face a projected shortfall of £536 million - more than double the gap they faced the previous year, according to interim…
A petition with more than 38,000 signatures calling for urgent increased funding for special educational needs has been handed in to the Department for Education.A group of around 60 people including parents, teachers, children and union representatives arrived at the department's central London headquarters carrying placards reading: "More funding for…
Families of children with special educational needs are fighting a High Court battle against local authority cuts of more £21 million. Five children, whose mothers are bringing the case on their behalf, are challenging Surrey County Council's decision to reduce its Schools and Special Educational Needs (SSEN) budget. They said…
The families of two schoolboys with special educational needs are seeking to legally challenge the Government over its SEND funding policy. They say the current Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy has a created a "national crisis" and are calling on Education Secretary Damian Hinds and Chancellor Philip Hammond…
Researchers have found that many children are suffering from an undiagnosed developmental condition which impacts on their ability to learn mathematics. Experts at Queen's University in Belfast carried out the research on the prevalence of Specific Learning Disorder in Mathematics (SLDM), which is also known as dyscalculia. Dr Kinga Morsanyi…
Ministers have been urged to ring fence funding for autistic children so schools can provide properly for them. Labour's Lloyd Russell-Moyle said autistic children in his Brighton Kemptown constituency were "unable to access proper education". During Education questions in the Commons, he told MPs that head teachers do not have…
Schools are faced with a bleak picture when it comes to supporting children with special educational needs, according to a report.The report from school leaders' union the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), found teachers have been left struggling by tight budgets and cuts to health and social care provision.The…
A child with additional support needs (ASN) was left covered in faeces at school as teachers would not help her, a mother has told the Scottish education secretary. The woman, who gave her name as Marie, was taking part in a BBC Radio Scotland phone-in when she told John Swinney…
The loss of learning disability specialists could lead to a return to Victorian-style care, leading nurses have warned. The number of learning disability nurses in England dropped by 40% from 5,368 in May 2010 to 3,247 in April 2018, figures from NHS Digital show. Many patients may end up being…
Children with disabilities face discrimination under equality laws which allow schools to exclude them for "challenging behaviour", a judge has ruled. Judge Alison Rowley, sitting in the Upper Tribunal, said it was "repugnant" to consider such behaviour as "criminal or anti-social" when it is a direct result of a child's…
Cambian shares surged 33% after the social care services firm confirmed it had received a potential takeover offer worth £405 million. The two firms are now "in discussions" after CareTech made a preliminary offer comprised of 77p per share in cash and an exchange of 0.348 of a new CareTech…
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