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Mainstream Schools should be incentivised to admit more special needs children

The Independent reports that Councils are claiming that parents are losing confidence in the sector’s ability to cater for their children and that more mainstream Schools should be incentivised to admit more pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Schools should be made to pay for alternative provision and transport if a child is excluded, and Ofsted should focus more closely on how inclusive a school is, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

The LGA goes on to say that the government should invest in councils so that they can better support SEND pupils who they claim face a £1.2bn funding shortage.

There are currently 138,980 pupils with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) in special schools or alternative provision. The rise in children with EHCPs placed in special schools has cost councils around £200m.

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