The Mail Online report:

A council spent £338,000 on private education for just one disabled boy in the last academic year, it can be revealed.

Authorities paid £525million to teach nearly 11,500 youngsters with special needs in independent schools nationwide – which works out at nearly £46,000 per child.

Disabled children educated privately have either severe physical disabilities, behavioural problems, emotional difficulties or suffer from severe autism.

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