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Funding for children with high needs is insufficient, says NAHT

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “The delays and difficulties experienced in getting the right kind of support for children with special educational needs show how schools, local authorities and families can be put in an impossible situation because of chronic underfunding from the government. 

“School and local authority budgets are at breaking point and there was no extra money in the budget last week to address this.

“The number of young people who require support is rising and funding is not keeping pace with demand.    

“The new funding formula will not get close to solving the problem because any modest increases that schools get will be instantly eaten up by higher costs.  

“NAHT has recently written to the minister with responsibility for this area, Robert Goodwill, regarding our serious concern about the sufficiency of high needs funding.

“The £1.3bn promised by the government in July has yet to be identified in the DfE budget and as yet schools seeking to do the best for the children in their care have not received a penny.”

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Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
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