Learning Disability

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Hesford Stephen Hesford PPS (Mr Michael Wills, Minister of State), Ministry of Justice, PPS (Vera Baird, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what provision is available outside normal school hours to assist children with learning difficulties with their studies.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families

There are currently over 14,200 schools providing access to the core offer of extended services which includes opportunities to participate in study support activities as part of a varied menu activities from 8 am to 6 pm. By 2010 all schools will be extended schools.

£265.5 million in additional funding over the next couple of years will help ensure that extended schools activities are accessible to all children, including those with special educational needs. A pathfinder is under way, involving schools in 18 local authorities, with the aim of developing best practice and case studies for the full roll-out in 2010.

In addition, the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) has recently produced guidance on access to extended schools and children's centres for disabled children. It identifies practice that promotes access to, and participation in, extended services by disabled children so that they can enjoy the same opportunities as others.

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