Jan 2, 2020, BBC: Education review 2019: A year of stretched school budgets https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-50901867 It was another year when balance sheets were as much a part of education as books. Throughout 2019 there were several high-profile warnings about stretched budgets in schools. In July, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at Westminster said a lack of money was having a devastating impact on schools…. Sara Long said no more could be done in some schools to save money. In October, though, the authority itself came under fire from a Belfast primary school principal in an extraordinary letter. Diane Dawson said she had struggled to get help for some pupils with special educational needs (SEN), and claimed the EA was in "meltdown."of children with autism in Northern Ireland schools has almost trebled in a decade, according to the Department of Health. A number of parents also spoke out about the problems they had getting appropriate help for their children with autism and other special needs. The proportion of children with autism in Northern Irish schools has almost trebled in a decade, according to the Department of Health….