Helen Ward

‘Families and young people are left in limbo’

Children are being failed by a system that keeps hundreds of pupils with special educational needs waiting longer than a year for a support plan, a Tes investigation reveals. Helen Ward reports

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Education, health and care plans (EHCPs) have been billed by the government as a means of “changing the landscape for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)”. The plans set out the support these pupils must receive, such as the number of hours they should spend with a teaching assistant each week. Crucially, they have to be issued within 20 weeks of a parent asking for their child to be assessed for one.

However, the government has been clear that the process should be made faster “wherever possible”. And many parents feel that even 20 weeks is too long for their ...

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