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A million children with special educational needs and disabilities are being 'damaged' by the system, MPs say

MORE than a million children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are seeing their education, well-being and life chances “damaged” by failings in the system, MPs have warned.

A report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said that 1.3 million children in England are recorded as having Send, but only 20.6 per cent of them have education, health and care plans (EHCPs).

Too many pupils with Send are excluded from school, and mainstream schools have little financial incentive to be inclusive of pupils with Send because of the way that funding is allocated, according to the PAC report.

The committee called on the Department for Education to take “concrete action” to address “significant failings.”

The MPs also called for the department’s review of how services for families can be improved to be published urgently.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said that schools need “more backing from the government in the form of sufficient funding, and a system which is more streamlined and less bureaucratic.”

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