West Northamptonshire Council says SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) issues in the county are a “priority” but there is “still much to do”. A protest took place on Thursday (September 7) at Angel Square in Northampton by West Northants SEND Action (WNSA) group.
The protest took place at 10.30am. A spokesperson for the group said: “Children are being catastrophically failed in large numbers. The system is broken, both locally and nationally.
“Many children are denied education for years, sat at home and ignored by those with a legal obligation to provide them with an education. Others are in unsuitable schools with their needs not met, being regularly restrained and traumatised as a result.”
In response, West Northamptonshire Council has issued a statement. A spokesperson said: “We are continuing to see a rise in the number of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities who need support and we know how extremely challenging this situation is and the daily impact it is having on families in West Northants – this is a priority for us.
“There is still much to do to deliver better outcomes for our young people. However, we are working hard with parents, carers and partners to create real solutions for this, with the involvement of over 800 people, including families, helping to co-produce a new three-year strategy for improving these services.
“Thanks to their ongoing support, involvement and understanding, we have been able to implement solutions in the last year that are steps in the right direction, that will enable us to not only increase SEND places across our area but also address the growing demand for EHCP plans and support.
“An example of this is the significant investment into educational psychologists from this September to support with completing overdue assessments. We are aware of the planned protest from a small group of parents and would encourage them to join the many other SEND families who are working together with us and our partners on tackling these challenges.”