Tonight’s episode of Panorama on BBC One looks at the support available to young people who have Education, Health and Care Plans and their families, including provision throughout the pandemic. We are increasing high needs funding to support children with …
Today, Tuesday 19 May, we announced a multi-million-pound settlement that will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services, through Family Fund.
This government is determined to give all children the best possible education, but as well as great teachers, we want all pupils to learn in classrooms that enable them to gain the knowledge and skills they need for success.
As part of our funding announcement at the end of August, we announced an increase of £780million for the high needs budget.
We are working with various organisations including the National Sensory Impairment Partnership, to make sure that all schools meet their training needs in relation to SEND. We want all schools to be able to equip their workforce to teach children with SEND, including pupils with vision impairment.
Over 48,000 children were issued with new Education and Health Care Plans in the last year, and the majority of these were completed within 20 weeks. During the assessment process children continue to attend their school and receive additional support, until their tailored support package is put into place.
Today’s blog looks at the government’s plans to open up to 30 new free schools, the publication of international data on education policy and performance, plus work underway by the Office for Students (OfS) to improve university access.
The Prime Minister has announced a generous three-year funding settlement for schools. Our job now is to support every school in the country to deliver the quality of education for children of all backgrounds, so that they’re given the grounding they need to make the most of their lives.
This £14billion funding increase – the largest cash boost in a generation - means our schools can continue to raise standards and build an education system that boosts productivity, improves social mobility and equips children with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the bright future that lies ahead.
We want to support all pupils to fulfil their potential in school however, and we know there is more to do to support those with additional needs, which is why we have increased high needs funding from £5 billion in 2013 to £6.3 billion this year.