Why has there been a reduction in support from external services?
There has been a significant reduction in funding to Local Authorities, which means that they are no longer able to offer services which used to be free e.g. Careers advice, Attendance Officers. Consequently schools have to either do without these services or pay for them.
Reduction in funding for other children's services, such as Child Mental Health, means that they now have a much higher threshold before children get support. Children will still have the same needs and schools are doing their best, within reduced capacity, to meet some of these needs.