ENYAN South East Bridge Funding shortage will ‘force schools to turn away SEND pupils’, councils warn

The Local Government Association has said that current levels of government funding are not enough to cover the extra costs involved in supporting the growing number of SEND pupils.

In addition to calling for extra funding, the organisation, which represents 370 councils, is calling on the government to rethink plans to prevent councils contributing money to ensure pupils with SEND receive effective support in schools.

The government has made proposals in its consultation on the high needs national funding formulae, that councils should not be allowed to “top up” funding shortfalls, but the LGA insists the practice has been an important tool for councils to help SEND pupils.

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