Research Finds Special Needs Children Forgotten About as Schools Reopen
- It has been alleged that pupils at special schools in England have been “forgotten about” in the rush to restart full-time education,
- 20,000 children with special needs are unlikely to return to school because of safety concerns, according to a study.
- The research, completed by ASK Research, found that parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) were concerned about sending their children back to school due to medical vulnerabilities or because their child’s needs mean they cannot adhere to social distancing and safe practice.
- Headteachers at more than 200 schools and colleges in England told researchers the government’s guidance had been unclear and showed a lack of understanding of how special schools work, the types of pupils they support and how much they rely on other key services including healthcare and local charities.
- Amy Skipp, the Director of ASK Research, who led the project, said: “Messages from government and the issued guidance have been confusing for children with special needs who faced an impossible situation over the last few months.”