Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
It’s very worrying to hear that 95% of head teachers have said funding to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is at a crisis point, according to new research from the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).
Since 2016, the number of pupils with SEND in Bristol has risen three times more than funding, meaning the Council has had to spend money it just doesn’t have.
I have recently written to the Secretary of State for Education in support of School Cuts, which is asking the Government to properly resource education budgets, including SEND.
The Government needs to devote extra resources to SEND, so that children with special needs do not suffer, but in the meantime, if any constituents are experiencing difficulties getting the appropriate support for their children, I would encourage them to get in touch with Supportive Parents, who provide information, advice and support to parents, children and young people about SEND, both via group support sessions in Bristol and a telephone helpline.