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Special Needs children not getting the help they need.

Special Needs children not getting the help they need.

Many children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are not getting the help they need, the National Audit Office warns.

The NAO says those children without an education, health and care plan (EHCP) are "particularly exposed" and are more likely to be excluded from school.

It also says councils are under growing financial pressure to meet demand.

The warning comes after the government announced £700m extra for special needs - as well as a major review of support.

Launching the review last Friday, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he wanted parents to know the government was "committed to boosting outcomes and ensuring the right support is in place for children with special educational needs".

But the NAO report says that, while some of the 1.3 million children in England with Send receive "high-quality support that meets their needs", many others are not getting the help they need.

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