MP welcomes £350million increase to special educational needs funding

Chris Green MP has welcomed the news that special education needs and disabilities (SEND) funding will be increased by £350million over the next two years.

This builds upon the £1billion increase in high needs funding that the Conservative government has made over the past five years.

The funding boosts come as part of the wider plans to improve the SEND system, with £250million to be spent on high needs funding over the next two years and an additional £100million to top-up the Special Provision Capital Fund for local authorities.

These funds will also help to further support the Education, Health and Care plans introduced by the government five years ago, which provides tailored support for children with SEND and their families.

Mr Green said: “Every child deserves to achieve the absolute best in life and that includes children with special educational needs.

“I’ve seen first-hand the excellent work carried out in the constituency for SEND children and I’m always impressed when I visit Rowan Tree Primary School and Rumworth School as well as seeing the tailored support provided by mainstream schools in my constituency.

“This £350million funding boost for SEND, building upon the £1billon increase seen in the last five years, is fantastic news and will help ensure that SEND children and their families continue to get the educational support they need.”