James meeting parents from Bury2gether
James meeting parents from Bury2gether

Bury North MP James Frith has spoken of his shock at new figures which show the scale of the crisis faced by schools trying to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The results of a new survey by the National Association of Headteachers, completed by more than 600 school leaders in both mainstream and special schools, revealed:

  • Only 2% report that the top up funding they receive is sufficient to meet individual Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) or statements for pupils with SEND.
  • 94% find it harder to resource the support required to meet the needs of pupils with SEND than they did two years ago.
  • 83% are not receiving any funding from health and social care budgets to support pupils with statements or EHCPs.
  • 30% are not receiving services from health and social care to support their pupils.

James, who has made school funding and improving the support available for children with SEND key priorities since his election as the town’s MP last year, pressed for and secured an Education Select Committee inquiry into SEND provision and the inclusion of a parent-led group from Bury to give evidence.

James said:

“I am shocked by these figures which highlight the scale of the challenge our schools are facing to balance the books and support children with additional needs. At my urging, the select committee has launched an inquiry into SEND provision and I have asked and had accepted that Bury parents will come and give evidence about their own experiences.”

James is hosting a drop-in for parents of children with SEND this Saturday at Brandlesholme Community Centre on Brandlesholme Road in partnership with Bury2gether. Parents are invited to attend between noon and 1pm.

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