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(UK) Devon County: More money for special ed not enough for "increasing needs"

Nov 7, 2021, Travistock Times Gazette: Schools cash welcome but still "not enough”
SW England

EXTRA money for schools in Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s budget on Wednesday last week has been welcomed by Devon County Council — albeit with the caveat that the extra funds are not enough to bring the county’s schools up to the same level as those elsewhere in the country. The Chancellor announced that schools nationwide are to get an extra £4.7bn by 2024-25 and that there will be nearly £2bn to help schools and colleges to recover from the pandemic. The Government says this will return schools funding to 2010 levels in real terms, with a cash increase per pupil of more than £1,500, ending more than a decade of shrinking budgets in schools. However, critics say this does not go far enough in helping schools which are suffering from years of under investment. Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools Andrew Leadbetter said: ‘We’ve been calling for fairer funding for education and the Chancellor’s promise to return school spending to 2010 levels in real terms is very welcome. But we still need to see funding for Devon’s children being levelled up to pupils in other areas with a change to the national funding formula. The extra money for special needs education with more places for our most vulnerable children is also welcome but it doesn’t appear to address the continuing disparity in the funding we get and the increasing needs we have to satisfy. …


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