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Fraction of special needs kids actually getting support in Bucks

There are calls for teachers to have more adapted resources.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:44am 25th February 2019. 3-minute read.

Fraction of special needs kids actually getting support in Bucks

Just 8% of the children with special needs in Buckinghamshire are getting the support they need.

That's according to the latest figures, with one group calling for teachers to have access to more resources to help those struggling.

Mandy Williams is a special needs teaching assistant.

She said:

"It's not fair. 

"We should have a fair education system.

"Every child has the right to have the same opportunities as the next child.

"It's our fault if we are not making sure teaching is targeted towards them."

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There's a call for teachers to have more resources

Figures show 11 per-cent of children have special needs, but just a small fraction of that get support they need.

Mandy says these things could help:

"It could be having something as simple as resources which have been adapted.

"It could be the support of a teaching assistant or emotional support.

"It's about knowing that child and what works for them."

A lack of educational support, as well as local authorities facing financial pressures, means that those with difficulties aren't achieving as well as their peers in school.

Children of compulsory school age who have SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) are defined as having significantly greater difficulty learning than the majority of others who are of the same age.

If a child has SEND then their needs will fall into one or more of the following: communication and interaction; cognition and learning; social, emotional and mental health difficulties; sensory and/or physical needs.

Mandy has this advice for parents

There are currently 45,000 children in the UK who are deaf, as well as an estimated 1 in 100 children who have autism.

17% of autistic children have been suspended from school, whilst 63% of autistic children are not in a school that is best able to support their needs.

For those children who are deaf, only 30.6% will achieve a GCSE strong pass - Grade 5 or above - (when compared to 48.3% of children with no special needs) and alongside this 57% of these children will fail to reach expected reading, writing and maths levels for their SATs by the end of their primary education.

Those with SEND may need extra help and support so that they can be provided with the same opportunities as others.

However, there aren't sufficient special placements for students with SEND in specialist schools, therefore mainstream schools have to accommodate the child's needs, often without extra funding.

Education content providers, who offer teacher-guided interactive resources across the curriculum, are a potential solution to this.

Those who have used these alongside their studies find that attainment improved by an average of 153%.

Ensuring that educational resources are accessible to all students is paramount to creating an indiscriminate and inclusive teaching environment.

Technological advancements have meant that education content providers, such as EdPlace, have been able to create online learning spaces, accessible for children who have these difficulties; so that equal education can be provided for everyone.

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