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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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Ethics fly out of the window at Oxford University when big donors come calling | Catherine Bennett

For £150m, can anyone buy naming rights at a great academic institution?What do we know about Stephen Schwarzman, the US financier whose name, following his £150m donation to the University of Oxford, is destined to become synonymous – as the Schwarzma…

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I had special needs help in school. But the doors that were opened for me are closing | Gerry Hart

Without support, I would have floundered. The squeeze on school funds today means children’s potential is being squanderedAnyone watch the Tory leadership debate on Tuesday night? Miserable spectacle though it might have been, something of wider intere…

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We’ve constructed a ruthless exam system where bereavement barely matters | Laura McInerney

Even if A-level or GCSE students have lost a parent, their future depends on being poised to perform on a random dayI met a woman on a train last week who told me about her two sons currently sitting their GCSEs and A-levels. Stressed teens are difficu…