School leaders are significantly dissatisfied with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) funding, according to a new survey.
The School Leaders survey, published by law firm Browne Jacobson, found that 94% of school leaders respondents are discontent with current SEND funding and 78% with SEND policy.
The survey was completed by 265 school leaders in England over two weeks between 15-29 May 2023. 19% of the leaders are CEOs and Deputy CEOs, 14% are COOs and CFOs, 16% are trustees and 14% are Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Assistant Heads.
The termly School Leaders Survey findings provide insight into the key challenges and opportunities in the sector, by creating a platform for school leaders to share their views on the school system. Seven in ten (71%) respondents work or govern in a multi-academy trust, 18% in standalone academies and 11% in maintained schools.
Mark Blois, National Head of Education at Browne Jacobson, said: “At Browne Jacobson, our education team seeks to be part of and not just serve the sector. This means our team consistently looks to make sure it is firmly rooted in the sector to ensure we have a full understanding of the core issues facing the sector, how they intersect and importantly the rapidly changing environment in which they operate.
“As such, we will continue to provide a platform for school leaders to express points of view, in the hope that it will support school leaders influence policy makers and their priorities.”