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Schools refuse places for special needs children.

Schools refuse places for special needs children.

Julia Maunder, head of Thomas Keble secondary school, in the pretty hilltop village of Eastcombe, Gloucestershire, has worked hard to make the school inclusive. In the top 30% nationally for student progress and attainment, it has built up a reputation for its expertise with special educational needs (SEN). Local parents whose children need support to access mainstream education seek it out.

But Maunder has taken a step she could never have imagined: she has announced she will be cutting her intake of children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs, which replaced statements of special needs in 2014) from 35 children to between 25 and 22, over the next four years.

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