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(UK) Copeland:Not enough $$$ 'for pupils with autism/social, emotional/mental health needs'

Feb 20, 2019, News and Star (Cumberland News): Desperate plea for more school funding https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/17443934.desperate-plea-for-more-school-funding/ HEADTEACHERS in Copeland have issued a desperate plea urging people to join the fight against funding cuts to education. A letter was sent to parents and carers at 18 primary schools warning the Government is giving a “misleading, over optimistic and often inaccurate picture” on schools funding, after it emerged £1 million ($1.3M US dollars) had been cut already in the borough’s schools alone. The headteachers of schools including Bookwell, St Bees, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary and Frizington County Primary schools, are urging people to sign a petition to lobby the Government to increase school funding. The letter, which was sent ahead of half term, says: “House of Commons data, published by the Government earlier this week, indicates that from 2014 to 2019, school funding for our schools has been cut by £1 million for Copeland which is equal to an average of -£255 per pupil across our schools. As headteachers, collectively we are saying this is not good enough.”… She said: “The pressures are growing. We can’t control the demand for support for pupils with autism or with social, emotional and mental health needs. We have a legal responsibility towards them but at the end of the day the schools are underfunded.” …