Mother wants more action to help youngsters with special educational needs

A Chesterfield mother is calling on the government to provide more funding for children who have special education needs and disabilities.

Nikola Matulewicz-Evans, who has two children with special educational needs and disability (SEND), believes they have been let down.

One of the youngsters has been out of school for four years.

Ms Matulewicz-Evans believes the government made promises which it did not keep.

She said: "There was great plans afoot, but what wasn't mentioned were the £157m cuts that were to be put into place in Derbyshire between 2014 and 2018. Now these hit SEND pupils very hard".

She added, "Schools say us as a burden... autistic children are least likely to get GCSEs, but as adults they're most likely to have a PhD.

"And I think the government needs to start taking that into account."

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