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(UK) Somerset: "Amounts schools spend on [SPED] is increasing"; funding insufficient

Mar 1, 2019, Somerset Mercury: Improvements to special educational needs funding approved https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/education/improvements-agreed-for-special-educational-needs-funding-in-schools-1-5913128 The amount schools spend on children with SEND is increasing and the funds available do not match demand. The current top-up funding (TUF) arrangements, which determine how much support pupils need in schools – have been in place for six years. However, an increasing number of pupils with complex needs are managed in mainstream schools. North Somerset Council conducted a review to ensure TUF supports children and young people with high-level needs and is used in addition to delegated schools funding. A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “To respond to these changes we reviewed our arrangements to look at how to make the best possible use of the limited resources we have available…. There are 3,783 pupils with special educational needs in North Somerset, with 493 of them receiving top-up funding in mainstream schools….