Cash boost for pupils with special needs and disability

Cash boost for pupils with special needs and disability

06/03/17

Schools in England are to receive a cash boost to help improve facilities for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The £215m capital funding has to be spent on increasing school capacity and boosting access for these pupils to good schools.

It may be spent on specialised classrooms and facilities, but not on general day-to-day school budgets.

The news comes as many schools complain of general funding shortfalls.

Minister for vulnerable children and families, Edward Timpson, said the government wanted to ensure all children have equal opportunities regardless of their background and any‎ challenges they may face.

"We've already made the biggest changes for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in a generation, but we want to go further and build on that success.

"Our multi-million pound investment will enable local councils to build new classrooms and improve facilities for pupils‎, ensuring that no child is left behind," he added.

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