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36,000-signature petition calls on DfE to fund schools properly

A PETITION bearing 36,000 signatures will be handed in to the Department for Education in London today, demanding proper funding of schooling for children with special needs.

The petition has been organised by the School Cuts Coalition, which includes education unions NEU, ASCL, NAHT and Unison as well as parents and councillors.

A meeting will be held at Mary Sumner House conference hall in Tufton Street, Westminster, at 1pm, before coalition members hand in the petition to the department in Great Smith Street at 2pm.

More than 2,000 children in England with special needs and disabilities are waiting for educational provision and increasingly struggling to get the learning opportunities they deserve, according to the coalition.

“This is causing untold misery to the families of children with special educational needs and disabilities and putting both schools and local authorities in an impossible position,” a coalition spokesperson said.


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