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Robbing Peter to pay Paul leaves everyone unhappy – The Times

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Many parents will think it wrong that councils divert money allocated for mainstream schools because they overspent to prop up the system for supporting children with special needs, which is funded separately.

This is not a blip or one-off accounting measure. Dozens of councils have moved money out of their schools budgets to high-needs blocks for four consecutive years, reaching a cumulative figure of £400 million.

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Children in mainstream schools are supposed to have a broad and balanced education, just as pupils with additional needs deserve — and are legally required to have — extra support. Robbing Peter to pay Paul, as one head teacher puts it, pleases no one.

Up to £400 million has been moved out of school budgets to high-needs blocksGETTY IMAGES

Reforms to the system for special education needs, introduced in 2014, have failed to meet…

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