Special school forced to cut length of day to save money amid education budget cuts

Children with special education needs and disabilities are especially at risk as a result of national cuts to school spending, council leaders warn.


A school in Birmingham is being forced to shorten its working day, in a bid to save money as it struggles to cope with crippling cuts to school funding.


Chris Field, headteacher of Selly Oak Trust School, said he had been left with no choice but to reduce staff costs, which could be damaging for pupils’ quality of learning.


The school, which is a specialist science college for students with special needs, has already made “significant savings”, he said, but they had not been enough.


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