Damian Hinds, secretary of state for education, has announced that an additional £350 million has been allocated to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The additional funding is to be used to provide “specialist support and tailored facilities” for children with SEND, with the hopes that such support will enable children with SEND to succeed academically.
It was announced that over the course of two years £250 million will be provided to councils, with an extra £100 million to be invested in creating more “specialist places within mainstream schools, colleges and special schools”. The additional funding is to ensure education providers can meet the needs of those with SEND and may be used for further investment in “more state-of-the-art facilities, such as sensory rooms and specialist equipment”.
Commenting on the additional funding, Damian Hinds outlined that: “We recognise that the high needs budget faces significant pressures and this additional investment will help … manage those pressures, whilst being able to invest to provide more support”.