Children with special needs are “falling through the gaps” in lockdown because they are not classed as “vulnerable enough” to continue going to school, families have told Sky News.During England’s third national lockdown, children of key workers and those who are considered “vulnerable” can still go to school despite them being closed.But generally, pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) do not meet the criteria, leaving families to deal with their complex conditions on their own with no support.Jemma Pearce, 34, is a single parent of two children with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and another daughter with no special needs.She has been furloughed from her job in Hertfordshire and isn’t allowed to have them in school because they don’t qualify for the government’s education, health and care plan (EHCP), which would class them as “vulnerable”. Advertisement “My 16-year-old son has had his whole world turned upside down,” she said.”He loves school, he thrives off it, my daughter does as well. But now he just sits there crying and screaming – it’s horrible to watch.” More from Covid-19 COVID-19: Vaccinated people must stick to lockdown rules as they may spread coronavirus, says Jonathan Van-Tam ‘Incredibly selfish’ people… Read full this story
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