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Special needs pupils feeling the squeeze.

Special needs pupils feeling the squeeze.

On Sunday at the NASUWT's annual conference in Manchester, teachers raised concerns that with school budgets tightening, it may become harder to support special needs children in mainstream schools.

The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies says school budgets in England face a real terms cut of up to 8% per pupil, because of rising costs, by 2020.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the union, said:  "Without appropriate action and investment, the entitlement of pupils with SEN will continue to be seriously compromised."

Schools get a notional amount for extra needs as part of their funding, but if it exceeds £6,000 for one child, they have to ask the local authority for additional funding.

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