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The SEND system is under ‘extreme stress’

Schools forced to tap into stretched budgets to subsidise support while EHCPs are delayed

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More than 1.2 million pupils in England have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). But about a fifth of this group have such serious needs that the support they depend on is protected by law.

Education, health and care plans (EHCPs) are a major part of this legal entitlement, setting out the provision that a child with SEND should receive.

As Tes has revealed, about 1,000 children had to wait longer than a year for their plan in 2016, despite the existence of a 20-week statutory deadline. But what happens while they are waiting? According to experts, schools are being left to ...

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