Special educational needs support ‘offered after exclusion’

Thousands of children with special educational needs were only offered support after they were excluded from school, the BBC has learned.

A Freedom of Information request found that since 2017, more than 1,300 children were granted an education and healthcare plan (EHCP) after exclusion.

An EHCP legally obliges local authorities and healthcare providers to meet a child’s needs.

The Department for Education said it was due to increase funding.

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