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NUT conference: No to cuts in special education needs funding

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2249

Delegates passed a motion condemning the impact of government cuts on Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision and warned that the cuts, combined with the proliferation of academies and free schools, threatened the chances of children with SEN being taught in mainstream schools.

The motion noted that the government 'has a policy of 'removing the bias to inclusive education''. Amendments passed also argued that action to defend jobs and services in inclusive education and SEN should involve all NUT members in an area. One amendment pointed out that changes in the Ofsted schools inspectorate also threatened the existence of Pupil Referral Units.

John Lockwood from Warwickshire said that the PRU that he worked in had been 'failed' by Ofsted and described 'Ofsed-imposed chaos' in the PRU.

He pointed out that changes in Ofsted which meant PRUs would be judged with many of the same criteria as mainstream schools would 'close down PRUs'. To applause he urged delegates to tell the government: 'you will take back what took a generation to build over my dead body'.

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