Unions demand increase in special education funding

Leaders of the biggest teaching unions had an hour-long meeting with the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, on Thursday, and made their case for more money for struggling schools as part of a long-term funding plan. The Guardian reports.

Williamson told union leaders he would not comment on the leaked document, which included plans for an extra £2.8bn for primary and secondary schools up to the age of 16, including £800m for children with SEND. Details of an extra £800m for sixth form and further education colleges were said to be still under discussion with the Treasury.

Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Warm words and lingering promises simply won’t do.

“We said to the secretary of state for education at our meeting today what we’ve been saying in public for months – that there needs to be an urgent response to the current funding shortfall, plus a longer uplift that builds a sustainable education system for all children and young people, irrespective of their backgrounds.”

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