By Anne Dachel
Vaccine injury is more than just autism, and if these stories aren't the result of our out-of-control-vaccinate-every-child-over-and-over vaccine schedule, please tell me what's going on here. I'm going to be writing a lot more on the issue. What we're seeing is the disabling of a generation of children until special education becomes regular ed. The "special needs" exception will be the student WHO DOESN'T REQUIRE an IEP, a classroom aide, and a modified curriculum. It'll be rare to have a student who can sit quietly, focus, and actually learn on his or her own. That day is coming because a number of schools report that 25 plus percent of their students are in special education. How long will this be sustainable?
Stunning reports have just come out from the UK about the large number of special needs students who end up suspended or expelled from public schools there, or as the BBC headline put it, “Half of children expelled from schools ‘mentally ill.’” Arguably this is more evidence that when children are injected with more and more neurotoxic vaccines, these results are predictable.
Numbers are increasing. Things are getting worse. So how do educators explain this? What are they planning to do to address what’s happening?
July 20, 2017, BBC: Half of pupils expelled from school 'mentally ill'
Half of pupils expelled from England's schools have a mental health issue, according to analysis of official data.
The Institute of Public Policy Research suggests if excluded students with undiagnosed problems were included, the rate would be much higher.
This figure compares with one in 50 pupils in the wider population who have a mental health condition.
The government said it would be publishing plans to improve mental health services later in the year. …
The research comes as the number of fixed term and permanent exclusions is rising.
Figures just published show that last year, some 6,685 pupils were excluded permanently from state primary, secondary and special schools.
Some 35 pupils were excluded every day in 2015-16 - five more daily than in the previous year…
Here, the rate of permanent exclusions has increased from 0.15% in 2014-15 to 0.17% in 2015-16 - equivalent to 17 pupils per 10,000.
Overall, there were 346,000 permanent and fixed-term exclusions handed out to pupils at state-funded schools in 2014-15 - the highest number since 2009….
IPPR associate fellow Kiran Gill, founder of The Difference campaign on the issue, said: "Theresa May says she is committed to improving mental health of young people.
"Addressing the most vulnerable children being thrown out of England's schools is a good place to start.
"Because unequal treatment of mental health may be an injustice, but the discrimination of school exclusions is a crime."
Almost a third of primary exclusions were for assault against an adult, though the most common reason was persistently disruptive behaviour. …
Teachers’ leaders, seeking to explain the increase, said more children were becoming disengaged from school as the curriculum narrowed, with a growing focus on testing, especially among the youngest children. They also warned about the impact of cuts to the number of teaching assistants, who often support disruptive pupils. …
There was an increase in the proportion of children temporarily excluded in every age group other than among 17-year-olds. However, the rate of exclusion among those aged four and under grew at a faster rate than any other age category, rising from 2,350 in 2014-15 to 3,035 last year. …
A report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) this week suggested that half of all pupils expelled from school were suffering from a recognised mental health problem.
Government statistics from 2015-16 show an almost 16 per cent rise in pupils being banned from school than in the year before.
Children are becoming demoralised by a barrage of tests and a lack of support, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) said, leading to poor behaviour.
The latest figures also revealed pupils receiving special educational needs support were nearly seven times more likely to be permanently expelled than others.
Kiri Tunks, vice president of the NUT and a teacher in London with 24 years’ experience, told The Independent: “Everything now is absolutely geared towards hitting the targets for the exams. There’s very little extra space or funding for support systems.
“A lot of our kids have very complex lives and it’s a high pressure world they’re in. I suspect that that is where a lot of the exclusions are coming from.
“There’s very little flexibility in the system to adapt to the student’s needs. Any kid that doesn’t respond to that way of doing things or that timescale, I think a lot of them are having trouble.”…
“Members tell us that as the curriculum gets narrower and children’s experience of school is ever more focused on preparation for tests and exams, more students are becoming disengaged from school which in turn leads to problems with behaviour.
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While educators are saying that ‘a lot of kids have very complex lives,’ and there’s too much testing going on in schools today, that hardly seems to explain the dramatic increase in behavior problems. I doubt that providing
"mental health services" will make a bit of difference.
And it doesn’t stop there when you’re talking about Britain. Since February there have been a number of reports out on the “dramatic increase in children with complex needs” in schools in the UK and Ireland. The only attempt at an explanation was in one report where the Education Minister in Ireland stated, ‘This increase reflects the growing participation of children with special educational needs…,’ which sounded to me like they have more students in sped because they have more kids with special needs.
THE INCREASES ARE STUNNING
THE green light was given to slash funding for children with special education needs (SEN) – despite nearly a 40 per cent increase in such pupils in just three years.
Targeted SEN funding is given by the local authority to schools which exceed the expected number of pupils with Educational Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).
In Bedford Borough, the expected proportion is one in 70 – and for those exceeding this funding is provided at £6,000 per pupil per year. (approx $8,000 U.S.)
But as of September 1, this sum will be cut to £4,800 per annum – despite the number of special educational needs students increasing from 695 in January 2014 to 961 in January of this year.
July 13, 2017, BBC: Bournemouth school could close early to save money
A primary school has said it may have to close early on Fridays because of a "funding crisis".
Epiphany School in Bournemouth said it faced a £280,000-a-year shortfall, due to government cuts and rising costs.
The Church of England-run academy said it had already reduced its music and sports provision, as well as the number of classroom-based teaching assistants. …
The cost of national insurance, pensions, inflation, teachers' pay and education, health and care (EHC) plans for pupils with special needs amounted to an extra £230,000, he said.
The school has drafted letters for parents to send to MPs and councillors, stating: "I am worried that standards within the school will inevitably begin to drop and the needs of my child will not be met."
In December, the National Audit Office found schools were facing budget cuts of £3bn by 2020 because funding was not keeping pace with increased pupil numbers and rising costs.
Bournemouth Borough Council's deputy leader Nicola Greene said schools were struggling because of a shortfall in funding for pupils with special needs.
July 13, 2017, (Ireland) Waterford Today: Minister Halligan announces extra Special Needs Assistants
This increased allocation will bring the total number of Special Needs Assistants in Waterford to 325 and will result in additional special needs resources at schools across Waterford from September, according to Minister Halligan, as well as new special needs classes for pupils with Autism at Mount Sion and St Paul’s primary schools in the city and also Scoil Naomh Gobnait in Coolnasmear.
Annually, the number of Special Needs Assistants has increased by 32% across the country, from 10,575 to 13,990 since 2011, Minister Halligan noted:
“This increase reflects the growing participation of children with special educational needs and will support their full participation and progression within the educational system. ...
In 2017 the Department of Education and Skills will invest €1.68 billion in special educational needs, almost one fifth of the Department’s entire budget. This spend has increased by over 30% since 2011.
July 5, 2017, Irish Examiner: Government pledge 975 extra special needs assistants will be allocated to schools
Education Minister Richard Bruton has announced that 975 extra special needs assistants will be allocated to schools by the end of the year.
The government have said the figures mark a 7.5% increase in the number of SNAs with most being assigned to children in the coming days….
“This comes hot on the heels of an overwhelming number of appeals by schools of their special needs allocation under the new resource model. These delays are causing serious distress in communities," Ms McDonald said.
She told the Dáil that parents of children with special needs are "at their wits end".
"They do not know if their child will have access to an SNA come September or, if they do, how much time of SNA support their child will receive," she said.
July 5, 2017, Irish Times: Taoiseach announces 975 additional special needs assistants
…Ms McDonald said they were over a month behind in the allocation and parents were at their “wits’ end” over the delay while special needs assistants were left worrying about their future.
She said assistants help children feel safe and secure in the classroom.
Delays meant schools were not in a position to make plans or prepare pupils for the next school year and principals were not in a position to tell SNAs if they have a job for the next school years.
She said an assistant had written to her that “every year it’s the same old story of uncertainty” and not knowing. …
The budget for special education had risen by 32 per cent to €1.68 billion.
He said there were currently 13,000 assistants, up 23 per cent from 10,000 in 2011.
“There are more special needs assistants than for example, gardaí,” he said.
The Taoiseach also pointed out that 20 per cent of the education budget goes on special education. …
He agreed with Ms McDonald on special education that “the need is great but the response is great as well”.
Headteachers from 17 counties across England have written to ministers to warn schools are ‘running on empty and need clarity and support now’
As pressure mounts on the government to make a statement on additional funding for England’s schools, more than 4,000 headteachers across 17 counties are writing to their MPs urging them to use their influence to secure substantial additional funding for all schools. It follows a similar letter to more than 1 million families last month. …
It is also calling for councils to be given local flexibility over how the national formula is implemented locally and additional funding to reflect rising demand to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
June 27, 2017, (Northern Ireland) Irish Times: Concerns over the ‘huge’ numbers of school suspensions--Pupils banned from class on over 13,000 occasions with 145 expulsions, committee hears.
In particular, she said she was concerned at the number of boys aged 12-16 who were being suspended or expelled. Many, she said, were attending schools which were in receipt of extra funding and support.
She made the comments at a meeting of a committee which heard a number of concerns over supports available for students with special needs. …
“This is regardless of the fact the school might be full, the class is not suitable, or we might not be able to meet the child’s needs. This is particularly relevant if the child develops behaviours that challenge,” she said.
“The more challenging they are, the quicker they are filtered down through the system to us.”
Ms Dempsey said that while mainstream schools are considered beneficial for children with special needs, this is not considered the case for pupils with severe or profound learning disabilities. …
Ms Dempsey said mainstream classes with autism spectrum disorder units have access to the same grant to set classes up, along with the same staffing ratios, capitation and access to training and support.
“We are expected to cope in the same environment with identical resources as our mainstream counterparts,” she said.
“However we are obliged to take the most challenging [students], and often with several others who display behaviours in the same class, and those with lower levels of ability without additional supports or resources. This is unrealistic and is not working. …
“The current model is unsustainable,” she said.
Noreen Duggan, principal of Scoil Na Naomh Uilig, Newbridge, Co Kildare, also called on the Department of Education to provide guidelines and directions on the use of restraint when dealing with challenging behaviour in schools.
“Every school, at some stage, has children who abscond or who present with severely challenging behaviour such as hitting, kicking, spitting, throwing rocks or equipment, damaging property, [or] trying to injure other pupils,” she said.
June 27, 2017, The Irish News (Northern Ireland): Annual spending on special educational needs tops £250 million
RAPIDLY increasing numbers of children with special educational needs is causing spending to spiral, a new audit report has found.
Annual expenditure on SEN [Special Education Needs] is now higher than £250 million, placing greater pressure on the system. …
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Order places a duty on the Education Authority (EA) to ensure children can be educated in the mainstream. …
In 2016/17. about 76,300 schoolchildren had SEN, with or without a statement, up from 67,000 five years ago.
The Department of Education's own code of practice anticipates that only about two per cent of the school population should require a statement. In 2016/17, five per cent of children had a statement. This equates to more than 17,000 children, an increase of 21 per cent since 2011/12.
The report found that spending exceeded £250m last year, of which £217m was EA expenditure - up from £167m in 2011/12.
Mr Donnelly reported that the department said given the rising numbers of children with SEN, "this is a challenge for the department, the EA and schools, in terms of increasing pressure on the education budget". …
"My report shows that the number of children with special educational needs and the associated costs are continuing to rise. In 2016/17, just over 76,300 children were reported. That is 22 per cent of the school population and higher than in England.
June 10, 2017, Schools Week (UK): Pupils with special needs waiting for school place more than doubles
The number of pupils with special educational needs waiting in limbo for school places has more than doubled, according to new figures.
Released last week, the government data shows pupils with special needs statements or Education Health and Care Plans who are waiting for a school place rose from 1,710 in 2016 to 4,050 this year – an increase of 2.3 times.
The increase in SEND pupils who have been permanently excluded without another school to attend also increased six times over, leaping from 17 two years ago to 102 this year.
Meanwhile those educated under “arrangements made by their parents”, which includes home-educating children, rose by 377 pupils over the same 12 months.
Tania Tirraoro, chief executive of Special Needs Jungle, a website for the SEND community, said she knew of one parent whose child had been out of school for eight months looking for a suitable placement.
The child accessed a tutor once a week through the local authority but this had “not been enough to stop him falling behind”. Another parent, who did not wish to be named, told Schools Week that the number of pupils not in schools was “astonishingly large” and equated to them all being “educationally homeless”. …
A new wave of special needs free schools do not always cater to the most prevalent kinds of need, Anne Heavey, a policy advisor at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, told Schools Week.
Half of all new special free schools set to open from 2017 onwards cater for autism spectrum disorders, following a stark rise in diagnoses. …
Local authorities are “waiting” for special needs free schools to open to cope with the shift, leaving pupils without placements in the meantime, she said, adding: “Local authorities are just hoping a special needs free school will come along.” …
Barney Angliss, a SEND consultant, said high-functioning autistic pupils and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder pupils were at particular risk of being excluded but there was little alternative suitable provision available in schools which could properly cater for their abilities.*
“If we’re losing capacity for children with behavioural difficulties, these children are at extreme risk of criminal offending, violence at home, the breakdown of relationships and ending up in care,” he said.
“The long-term impact of these figures will take longer to appear, but it will appear.”
March 10, 2017, TES Global (London): Class sizes rising and SEND support cut due to funding crisis
School leaders are having to increase class sizes, cut back support for vulnerable students and narrow the curriculum, according to findings revealing the "impossible choices" facing heads….
According to the survey, 95 per cent of school leaders say that their support services have had to be cut back because of the funding situation.
There is particular concern that provision for vulnerable students will be impacted – 58 per cent of respondents said special needs support has been hit and 50 per cent said that mental health support has been affected.
One school leader, who responded to the survey, said: “The number of students with complex needs, including mental health conditions, is rising and we have had to cut the provision to support them.
“This has often only added to their distress and has made it more difficult for them to engage with their learning.”
The number of disabled children with complex needs has ‘dramatically’ increased, report reveals, but their families find it difficult to access local authority support.
The new report, commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children and the True Colours Trust, estimated the number of disabled children and young people has increased by over 50% since 2004 - from 49,300 to 73,000.
The study is based mostly on school census data on special educational needs, but it notes that reliable data is ‘extremely scarce’ and the figures may be larger because many children with complex needs are educated in the Independent Special School Sector which is not required to return detailed data on these pupils. …
Ms Pinney also warned services are not keeping pace with the rising number of disabled children. …
There are also 41,500 children and young people with a learning disability or autism are currently on waiting lists to see a mental health specialist.