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21 Feb

Tackling the pressures facing Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in London

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Name: Hannah Barker
Email: [email protected]

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An event for lead education and children’s services members and officers exploring the pressures facing the delivery of services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in London.


London’s boroughs are dealing with a significant increase in the number of pupils on Education Health and Care Plans, more than anywhere else in the country, which is driving up costs significantly across the capital. Recent analysis by London Councils has revealed that the vast majority of London boroughs overspent on the high needs block in 2016/17 by approximately £100 million collectively and are on track to do so again this year.


This event will provide members and officers with the opportunity to explore the issues behind the increase in demand and costs, and the impact these pressures are having locally, as well as what London Councils can do to help support the boroughs.


The event will be chaired by Cllr Peter John, London Councils' executive member with responsibility for children, and speakers include Cllr David Simmons CBE, cabinet member for education and children's services, LB Hillingdon. A full programme of speakers will be confirmed in the new year.

Note: this event is open to members and officers from the London boroughs only as a benefit of their authorities' membership of London Councils.