More than 80 per cent of children in care ‘receive SEND support’

At least eight out of 10 children in care receive support for a special education need or disability (SEND), according to a study.The research by the University of Central London’s Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health analysed the support needs of the 2005 cohort of year 1 pupils from the ages of five to 16. It found that 83 per cent received SEND support at some point in their school life and around a quarter have an education, health and care (EHC) plan, previously a statement of SEN, in place. Among all children, the proportion with SEND support is 14.9 per cent, and 3.1 per cent of all pupils have an EHC plan. Read more.