But schools still making good use of funds, says Auditor General for Wales
Special schools in Wales are making good use of available funds, but many councils have not reflected the changing circumstances that schools find themselves in when deciding on what funding and support to give.
That is the conclusion of a report, published today by the Auditor General for Wales. It was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government as part of a review of Special Educational Needs throughout Wales.
The report found an inconsistent approach to funding. There were cases of special schools providing services to pupils with similar needs but being funded at significantly different levels. Yet, despite this, schools are largely managing their finances well. For example, Estyn inspection judgements are positive in almost all maintained special schools. School managers work well with councils to monitor spending carefully and levels of reserves at the end of 2008-09 were, on average, a prudent 5.8 per cent of budget.
Case studies included in the report