Schools are facing “knock-on pressure” as demand for special-needs support rises, England’s Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, is expected to admit to head teachers later.

Speaking at the National Association of Head Teachers annual conference, Mr Hinds will ask for their advice on changes to special-needs funding.

NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman called the current picture “bleak”.

But he added: “The solution is simple – more money from the Treasury.”

‘Pressures on schools’

Government changes mean “thousands of children with the most complex needs are now receiving more tailored support to help their learning”, Mr Hinds is expected to tell the conference.

“That support needs investment and, while we have already hugely increased spending in this area, I recognise that providing for additional complexities can put

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