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Government announces £37.3 million for children with SEND

Government announces £37.3 million for children with SEND

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The Department for Education has announced that children with special educational needs and disabilities in England will benefit from £37.3 million of direct support in 2020-21. Families who have children with complex needs and disabilities will receive grants for equipment that will be helpful when implementing social distancing measures, like computers, specialist equipment, and educational toys.

£10 million of this money has been committed specifically in response to the unique difficulties presented by the coronavirus pandemic, helping parents educate and look after disabled or critically ill children who are staying at home more than usual. This money will be distributed through the charity Family Fund in grants, typically of £400-£500, and will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services, including both household appliances and specialist educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. 

The announcement can be found in full here

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