SEN learners face delay for school places in England

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More than 110 councils in England missed the deadline for allocating secondary school places to learners with special educational needs, according to a report on BBC News

Local authorities have a legal duty to carry out a transition review and an education, health and care needs assessment for children with a statement of special educational needs, who will be moving into secondary school this September.

These plans specify each pupil's needs and how schools are going to meet them. This also includes an offer of a school place suitable to meet those needs.

It has to be completed by 15 February every year to give parents time to review it and, potentially, challenge it.

However, according to solicitors Simpson Millar, who filed information requests, 3,812 learners had not been offered secondary school places by the deadline.

Town hall bosses said they had been working hard on the plans and that all pupils would be found suitable places.