Special Educational Needs

Education written question – answered on 16th March 2011.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has plans to update his Department's statutory guidance on access to education for children and young people with medical needs published in 2001.

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

There are no immediate plans to update this guidance which was published jointly with the Department for Health. However, I will be discussing the education of these children with Department of Health Ministers to ensure that our two Departments work together to support these children.

We wish to ensure that the children whose education is covered by this guidance receive the education that they need. Legislation introduced in the Children, Schools and Families Act 2010 and to be commenced in September 2011 will ensure that all pupils without a mainstream school place are entitled to full time education unless medical needs make this prohibitive or inappropriate. This entitlement will include pupils in hospital long-term who are capable of accessing a full-time education.

This legislation may in due course mean the 2001 guidance will need some minor amendments.

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