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Crisis in special educational needs drives parents to court

Number of families appealing against funding decisions surges by 26% as schools and councils struggle to meet cost of provisionA funding shortfall for children with special educational needs has led to a surge in court appeals, as families turn to lega…

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‘It’s just ridiculous’: why a London school is seeking charity help

Downshall primary is a success in a deprived community. But cuts to vital care services are taking a tollIan Bennett has been headteacher of Downshall primary school in Ilford, east London, for 16 years. In that time he has seen council support and fun…