Departmental Manpower

Education written question – answered on 25th October 2010.

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Photo of David Blunkett David Blunkett Labour, Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) officials and (b) external advisers are working on the forthcoming Green Paper on special educational needs and disabilities.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

Work on the Green Paper on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is being led by three full-time equivalent officials. These officials are working closely with colleagues in the Department for Education's SEND division, as well as officials from across the Department and across Government.

This Division also employs one professional adviser who supports the Division's overall activity, which includes advising on aspects of the Green Paper.

To inform the Green Paper, the Department has sought a number of views through informal discussions with experts, voluntary organisations, local authorities, teachers, parents and a call for views consultation.

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