Councils call for say in schools funding to protect children with special needs

The Guardian reports that Local Government Association says, without local input some pupils could miss out in new funding formula.

Children with special educational needs could lose out under government plans for a national funding formula for schools if there is no local input into education funding priorities, councils have warned.

The warning comes after the government renewed its commitment to introduce a new and fairer funding formula for all schools in the wake of the general election.

Richard Watts, chair of the LGA’s children and young people board, said: “Currently, there is a real fear amongst councils that a strict national funding formula will not reflect local need and that children could potentially miss out on receiving the education they deserve.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the whole point of having a new national funding formula was to eliminate the postcode lottery that currently determines how funding is allocated to schools.

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