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Damien Hinds speech to National Association of Headteachers

May 9, 2019

Secretary of State for Education recognises the resourcing pressures on Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and launches a call for evidence on SEND funding.

On the 3rd May the Secretary of State for Education spoke to the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT). In his speech, he focused on the funding challenges being faced by schools, particularly the support for children with SEND.

For the last two years, local parent carer forums have been expressing concerns about the level of funding for SEND provision. The NNPCF have shared these with the Department for Education calling for appropriate funding to enable the legal requirements and ambitions of the 2014 reforms to be realised.

We are encouraged that the messages from the NNPCF, professional bodies, and the wider SEND sector are being heard. We will continue to work with the Department for Education to make the case for the additional money that our children need.

The Secretary of State also launched a call for evidence on SEND funding. We encourage all parent carer forums to respond to this call for evidence which is open until 31 July 2019.  The NNPCF will also be submitting a response.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/send-and-ap-provision-call-for-evidence

 

In his speech, Damien Hinds said:

 “Let me start with funding.

 I have heard you loud and clear on this. I know finances are challenging for many schools, that you have had to make, and do have to make hard decisions about resources.

 We are approaching a comprehensive Spending Review. There are always competing demands on public funds, but I will be setting out the case, the very strong case, for education.

 There is one area of funding that I want to directly address now – the support that we give for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

 … this year we have invested over £6 billion in education for children with complex SEND.

 But I’m under no illusion – this may not be enough. This is a growing, complex issue, and I want to work with you to solve it. Part of that is of course about funding. And it’s also about changing needs.

 

You can find our representations to government on SEND funding on our website:

 

You can find a full text of the Secretary of State’s speech here https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/damian-hinds-speech-at-the-2019-naht-conference