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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has called for schools, the council and all those with stake in provision for pupils with special and alternative needs to come together to resolve high needs funding concerns in Stoke-on-Trent.
 
In a letter to Council Leader, Dave Conway, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, has set out the steps that the Union believes must be taken to address this critical issue.
 
Ms Keates said: “There is a genuine risk that some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the city may not be able to access their legal and moral entitlement to the services they need.
 
“It is entirely unacceptable that pupils, parents and schools are confronted with this possibility and, for this reason, the NASUWT calls on the local authority, all schools and other stakeholders to work together to develop a viable plan for the funding of high-needs provision.
 
“Experience in many other local authorities shows that sharing of resources by schools and councils is the only way in which quality high-needs provision can be sustained and improved further. Where arrangements work well, local authorities set out clear plans for how high-needs funding will be spent and schools recognise that it is in their interest to contribute to the maintenance of provision from which all schools benefit.
 
“The NASUWT stands ready to play a full and constructive part in this work and to provide any assistance that the local authority and the city’s schools may require.”

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