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Private special schools told: No more cash for Covid costs

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Jason Rushworth

Private specialised schools will not be given more money to cope with the extra costs of coronavirus by Cumbria County Council, a meeting was told.

Councillor Paul Turner raised the issue at the council’s audit committee, saying he was concerned that private and faith schools in the county could be losing out.

He said the schools faced many extra costs for materials and extra cleaning: “They are needing extra staff and extra teachers, who are in some cases non-teaching heads, are now being thrown into a teaching role for the first time."

Dan Barton, the council’s assistant director of education and skills, said: “These schools are able to raise their own fees and can fill the gaps from their own considerable reserves."

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