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The true cost of inclusion

Schools are being punished financially for supporting students with SEND, says Bill Lord

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If the publicity surrounding changes to the school funding formula is to be believed, I am fortunate to be in a school that has had its long-term underfunding recognised and is in line to receive an increase that is much larger than the national average.

Am I happy? No. When I compare our budget to those of statistical neighbours, ours still trails behind. This leaves me looking enviously at fellow headteachers in other local authorities (LAs) as we all stagger into what could be one of the toughest times for funding in years. The scrapping of the Education Service Grant – used to provide ...

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