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£100m black hole in SEND funding is creating ‘perfect storm’

Inside Croydon

Croydon headteachers fear that they face a “perfect storm” as funding cuts will leave their schools unable to fulfil their responsibilities towards some of the borough’s most vulnerable children, those with special educational needs or disabilities.

Croydon schools are cutting staff and axing services for children with special needs

Sarah Jones, Labour’s new MP for Croydon Central, surveyed headteachers across the borough and confirmed widespread anecdotal reports that support for children with special needs has been cut back significantly, mainly because of Tory Government funding cuts.

Jones’s survey of more than 50 Croydon headteachers show that 85 per cent of schools have been forced to cut special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) support since 2015.

One headteacher told Jones that the funding cuts coming at a time of growing demand for SEND provision would adversely affect all pupils and staff at their school.

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