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Chesterfield MP calls for more funding for children with special educational needs

Children with special educational needs are being let down by the government, according to Chesterfield's MP.

Toby Perkins has told Peak FM he is gathering support in parliament in an effort to make government to change the way funding works for children who require extra support.

"I've brought forward what's known as an early day motion into parliament on the government's current formula for allocating financial resources to schools, particularly as it effects special educational needs pupils. 

"Those who are the most severely effected, those with educational healthcare plans, the schools themselves have to find the first £6000 for that child's education.

"It means if you've got a school that has a good reputation in terms of helping special educational needs children, they will attract more of those and they'll then get a financial hit and schools like Brampton have been finding that they're really out of pocket as a result of this.

"So I've brought forward an early day motion urging the government to fully fund special educational needs pupils and I hope they will look in their spring statement at the funding formula."

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