18 Oct

Following emails received from Special Schools, SSV have sent a letter (which can be viewed here) to Stuart Miller, Deputy Director of SEND, with regards to the following:

Whitefield Academy is situated in the borough of Waltham Forest NE London. Last month the Borough announced a deficit of the High Needs Block, 1.7 million, and is seeking to balance this budget.

One of the measures they propose is to claw back funds from schools this financial year.

Mainstream schools 0.5% of their budget and for special schools 1.5% , this is of great concern to all the schools in Waltham Forest. Longer term measures involve a reduction in pupil banding amounts.

Does anyone know of other boroughs who have demanded for money back from schools due to an overspend of the High Needs Block?