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Special needs education in London

• In 2016 there were approximately 205,000 students with some degree of special education support in London, which represents 14.5 per cent of all students.
• Providing quality Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) support is becoming increasingly challenging in London. Despite major reform in 2014, the key tension between rising demand for support and adequate resources remains
• In a recent survey, 70% of school leaders raised concerns about budget cuts and 81% experienced diminished SEND support because of cuts to their local authority support
• Between January 2011 and January 2016, the number of pupils educated in dedicated SEND places in London rose 23 per cent from 18,880 to 23,127, compared to a 10 per cent growth rate in the rest of England.
• The nature of SEND need has changed. Since 2011, the number of pupils in Special Schools with Autistic Spectrum Disorder has increased by over 50 per cent, while the number of pupils with physical disabilities has decreased by a third. Managing such change is not straightforward and requires planning and adequate funding.

Our investigation

In its investigation, the London Assembly Education Panel will examine the challenges to providing access to SEND provision in London, including the specific capacity and funding issues facing the capital in the future. The Panel will identify what role the Mayor can play in helping to provide adequate SEND provision to London’s growing school age population.

Get involved

The Education Panel will be looking at:
• The current scale and nature of SEND provision in London at early years, primary and secondary level
• The level of funding that local authorities receive from the Department for Education
• The barriers to accessing SEND provision
• The changes introduced by the Government in 2014 and the effects this reform has had on SEND provision
• Any other models, either nationally or internationally, for SEND provision
• The Committee welcomes contributions from members of the public, local authorities, schools, multi-academy trusts, nursery providers and parent groups.

Find out more by reading the investigation paper: https://www.london.gov.uk/node/39215

To contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your views by 18 September 2017.

Respite and short breaks service for people with learning disabilities

Croydon Council is looking at the future of the respite and short breaks service for adults with learning disabilities. We need to understand how to respond to the changing demands on the service and what people who use the service want from it.
We’ve been listening to people with learning disabilities, their carers, and other people and groups who may be involved or have an opinion on the future of the service.
The consultation runs from 3 July to 13 August 2017.

Ways to get involved

We want anyone who thinks they will be affected by changes to the respite and short break services for adults with a learning disability in Croydon to respond to this consultation. Click here to have your say.