Parents forced to step into the educational breach

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The government cuts, cuts, cuts, and underfunds schools and special education needs provision, and then the authorities are surprised when home education numbers rise (Councils in England report 34% rise in elective home education, 24 November)? Your headline might better have read: “34% increase in dedicated parents mopping up government failings”.
Clare Quarman
Windsor, Berkshire

It was impossible to watch the prime minister’s speech (The politics sketch, 22 November) without being reminded of David Brent’s motivational speech to a similar audience of stony-faced business people in The Office.
Andrew Hope

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