New cash announced for children with special educational needs

The government announced funding of £91 million for pupils
with special educational needs in mainstream and special schools
throughout England.

The funding which will be for the 2002/03 financial year will
help schools and local education authorities train teachers of
pupils with special needs, build up partnerships with health and
social services, improve therapy services for children with special
needs and disabilities, and raise the educational attainment of
children and young people in care.

Schools minister Catherine Ashton said: “The extra funding for
SEN next year will play an important role in helping schools
prepare for the revised SEN code of practice which, subject to
parliamentary approval, will be implemented in January 2002.

“It can also be used to help schools and local education
authorities prepare for their responsibilities under the SEN and
Disability Act 2001 which secures improved rights for disabled
children,” she said




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