(UK) Increase in schools in deficit; higher cost of SPED big part of the problem

Jan 17, 2018, (UK) Buckinghamshire Daily Echo: 19 schools across in Dorset struggling to balance their books, figures reveal SCHOOLS in Dorset are struggling to balance their books, according to the latest data from the Department for Education. Of 117 schools maintained by Dorset County Council, 19 ran a deficit budget in the 2016-2017 financial year. … The number of schools in deficit has also been increasing nationally. The most recent data show nine per cent of all local authority maintained schools ran at a deficit, a figure which has almost doubled from five per cent in 2014-2015. … "There are many reasons why a school may fall into deficit, for example, real-term reductions in per-pupil funding, falling roll numbers, staff sickness or a higher number of pupils with special educational needs or disabilities. … The NAHT also reported that almost three quarters of head teachers believed their school budgets would be ‘untenable’ by 2020.