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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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Has £140m been wasted on Free Schools?

Almost £140m has been "wasted" on free schools and other new types of school, which either closed early or failed to open at all, says a teachers' union.

The National Union of Teachers said the money was spent on 62 free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools which either closed, partially closed or did not open.

The NUT said the data was mainly drawn from government websites.

The Department for Education said free schools were popular with parents.

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Thousands of new Free School places.

Thousands of new school places will be created across the country following the largest wave of free schools approvals this Parliament, giving more parents the choice of a good school place for their child.

Today (12 April 2017) the Department for Education has approved applications for 131 new schools, creating more than 69,000 places. These schools will be led by high-performing institutions, including a grammar-school-led multi-academy trust (MAT) and the largest state boarding school in the country, demonstrating how existing high-performing schools can help raise attainment more widely, as set out in the government’s education proposals.

Free schools are one of the highest performing groups of non-selective state schools, with 29% of those inspected rated outstanding by Ofsted. Since 2014, more than 80% of mainstream free schools have been approved in areas where there was a need for more school places, while others are opened in response to parental demand to create competition and drive up standards where existing provision is not adequate.

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Education Secretary speaks about her vision for the future.

I believe we can build that education system that unlocks the talents of all our people here in Britain. We’ve got the right ingredients: expert teachers, determined to unlock every young person’s potential. I have spent much time with them in recent months. A society that believes in fairness and businesses that now more than ever understand how education and skills drive growth. We can unleash the wealth of latent talent that we have on this island - and become a powerful, modern, confident economy. A country that works for everyone.

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Teachers to strike?

Coordinated action is on the cards for regions badly-hit by funding changes, following a vote at today's NUT conference

The NUT teaching union has voted to call a one-day regional strike in the summer term, over school funding cuts.

At the union’s annual conference in Cardiff, delegates today voted to “identify regions” where “strike action could be called using the existing funding ballot and to call a one-day strike in those regions before the end of the 2016-17 academic year”.

Last June, the union voted for strike action to “persuade the secretary of state for education… to increase presently inadequate funding levels”.

This means the NUT is legally able to take industrial action in relation to funding until 31 August 2017. On 1 September, it will merge with the ATL to create a new organisation – the National Education Union – so its current ballot will expire at that point.

Kevin Courtney, the NUT’s general secretary, said the union would consult its members across the country and - in those regions where “teachers are particularly angry” - it would consider “whether we could coordinate action in those regions in summer term”.

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