A new report from The Key has found that schools in England are struggling to support the 1.1 million pupils with special needs or disabilities (SEND) in mainstream education.
In response to this news, Kidz Board Chair George Fielding, said:
“Thanks to a wide-ranging support network that included the NHS and government funding, it was possible for me to receive a mainstream education – with the many benefits that go hand in hand with this – so today’s report makes disappointing reading.
“The 2014 reforms were supposed to address the problems with SEND provision, so the fact that so many schools are still struggling under this new system shows there is still much work to be done to ensure the aims of these reforms are achieved in practice.
“Helping to give disabled children and young people their independence is at the heart of Whizz-Kidz’s work; we’d gladly support the Department for Education in improving this situation.
“Whizz-Kidz looks forward to seeing increased commitment from the Government to addressing these issues with the system, and ensuring that children special educational needs or disabilities – and the schools they attend – get the support that they need."