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UK: Scottish govt, Northern Ireland, and Wales to share in billions for special ed

Oct 26, 2021, Charity Today: Budget: Disadvantaged young people set to benefit from extra support

TENS of thousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities will benefit from a £2.6 billion [$3.6B] investment in new school places that is aimed at giving them the ‘best possible start in life’, the Chancellor is expected to announce. At Wednesday’s Budget, Rishi Sunak is set to almost triple the amount of this year’s capital funding for the most disadvantaged young people through specialised educational support, consequently levelling up … “That’s why we’re taking action to fund tens of thousands of new places for students with special needs and disabilities – improving the lives of so many of the nation’s most vulnerable children.” The investment will be used to fund: • More than 30,000 new high-quality school places for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities to support their learning in both mainstream and special educational needs schools;… • New special and alternative provision free schools to help drive up standards in special education. The record announcement reflects the government’s commitment to supporting an inclusive education system for children that allows everyone to thrive. With the school-age population expected to be around 10% higher in 2025 than it was in 2010, there is rising demand for specialist support…. At last year’s Spending Review, the government announced £300m of investment in 21-22 for new places for students with special educational needs and disabilities– which was itself almost four times as much provided in the previous year…. The Scottish Government, Northern Ireland Executive and Welsh Government will all receive proportionate funding following the Barnett formula which will be outlined fully at the Spending Review.


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