COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION)
ON APPEAL FROM THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
ADMINISTRATIVE COURT (Sir Olivcr Popplewell)
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL
Wednesday 22nd August, 2001
B e f o r e :
LORD JUSTICE ROBERT WALKER
LORD JUSTICE SEDLEY
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"have regard to the general principle that pupils are to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents, so far as that is compatible with the provision of efficient instruction and training and the avoidance of unreasonable public expenditure."
a. Learning support assistant (10 hours) 2,473
b. Age weighted pupil unit (AWPU) cost 2,076
c. Teacher for the deaf (5 hours) 5,500
d. Transport 4,000
"In my opinion Moses J was right to have regard to the differences between the funding arrangements made for special schools on the one hand and other schools on the other. In the latter case, funding is in part geared to the number of pupils actually attending the school; in the former it is in part geared to the number of pupils for whom it is anticipated the school will need to provide places. This means that places may be provided for which if, for example, a child leaves to go out of the borough, will not be utilised but the cost will be incurred."