Pupils in England less likely to get special needs support in poorer areas

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Study of primary schoolchildren warns inconsistent approaches creating postcode lottery

Children with special needs in England are less likely to receive support if they are in disadvantaged areas or attend academy schools, according to a study that warns of a “postcode lottery”.

The study of primary schoolchildren who reached year six found that the main barrier to support was inconsistent approaches among schools and regions in how they identify children as having special education needs and disabilities (Send).

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