May 2, 2019, BBC: Hinds asks heads how to solve special-needs budget squeeze https://www.bbc.com/news/education-48138031 Schools are facing "knock-on pressure" as demand for special-needs support rises, England's Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has admitted to head teachers. Speaking at the National Association of Head Teachers annual conference, Mr Hinds asked for their advice on changes to special-needs funding. NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman called the current picture "bleak". But he added: "The solution is simple - more money from the Treasury." Government changes mean "thousands of children with the most complex needs are now receiving more tailored support to help their learning," Mr Hinds told the conference in Telford…. The government says more than a quarter of a million pupils with the most complex needs have benefited from personalised education, health and care plans since 2014, with the high-needs "The picture facing schools supporting children with special education needs is bleak," said Mr Whiteman. "Not only are school budgets at breaking point, there have been severe cuts to local authority health and social care provision….