The ASCL heads’ union says some schools are also being asked to pay for services that should be provided by social services or the NHS. In response, the government say they have £1.4bn earmarked for children’s mental health.
When giving evidence to the Education Select Committee, head teachers, teachers and counsellor bodies said they were experiencing “significant problems” when it came to securing support for pupils with special education needs and mental health concerns.
They explained that local services are no longer able to offer early support and it was difficult for them to get an appropriate professional.
“It often takes a considerable amount of time to arrange meetings and access support, and in some instances, it may be difficult to secure support.”
The Association of School and College Leaders represents thousands of secondary schools heads. They said that in some instances schools and colleges are forced to either send the pupil to A&E or call the police…