SEND funds problem ‘enormous’, says MAT head

The former CEO of a multi-academy trust for children with special needs has said it is often “incredibly difficult to make the books balance”, as a “phenomenal” surge in demand has met insufficient funding.

Dr Caroline Allen, former principal and chief executive officer at Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT), reflected on the state of the special education provision after being made a dame in last week’s New Year’s Honours.

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