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(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 http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/newS/15857803.19_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.