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(UK) Dudley, England: MILLIONS AND MILLIONS MORE for special needs students

Nov 26, 2019, Birmingham Live: Teachers losing faith in special education system in Dudley Plans to transfer £1 million [$1.3M US] from Dudley’s mainstream schools to children with disabilities has been rejected as teachers say there is a ‘lack of belief’ in the special educational needs and disabilities service. The proposal to switch funds from secondary education into the High Needs Block allocation was opposed by 90 per cent of respondents, a meeting of the Dudley Schools Forum will be told. A report to the committee of councillors, headteachers and governors said out of ten responses to the proposal, nine rejected the plan. The consultation came after the council revealed in September that the cost of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) service is predicted to overrun by £5 million [$6.5M US] this year. Figures sent out to schools say that figure could increase to £22 million [$28M US] by March 2024…. “The consistent theme coming through from the discussions in the consultation events is that there is a complete lack of trust and belief in the SEND system.” The rejection is a blow to education bosses who want to transfer 0.5 per cent of next year’s predicted £206 million mainstream schools’ budget into SEND’s High Needs Block funding. This would in addition to the £35 million [$45M US] the council is hoping to will get from the government for schooling children with disabilities….


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