Special schools are those that provide an education for children with a special educational need or disability. There are many different types of special school, but essentially, they all educate children whose needs cannot be met within a mainstream setting, and whose parents/carers have agreed to special school placement.
At present, around 2% of school-age children attend a special school, and the vast majority have a statement or EHC plan. Children who are educated in special schools have been identified as having a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
There are approximately 2,000 special schools in the UK, with a teacher-pupil ratio of 6:1, compared to 18:1 across all publicly funded schools. As well as smaller class sizes, staff are often more experienced in dealing with different types of special educational needs or disabilities.
This can make finding supply cover more challenging and expensive. Although the nature of the school varies enormously, most rely heavily on their funding and the dedication of their staff. As a result, absences, particularly those which are long term, can be particular costly to special schools.
we can help.
Our teacher absence insurance can prevent unexpected supply teacher expenses and take the financial burden away from your special school.
Our policy pays your school a chosen daily benefit for each day of absence after the waiting day period, giving your school the financial capacity to cover the costs incurred if and when staff absences occur.