Special Educational Needs

Education written question – answered on 18th May 2011.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State for Children and Families of 30 March 2011, Official Report, column 92WH, on children with special educational needs, what mechanisms he plans to put in place to ensure (a) (i) planning, (ii) consistency and (iii) quality of local provision and (b) continuation of shared services for schools, including training of the schools workforce by speech and language therapists under his proposals that speech and language therapy services may be provided for under personal budgets.

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

The Green Paper on special educational needs and disability, “Support and aspiration; A new approach to special educational needs and disability”, sets out how personal budgets could be used to enhance the control parents have over the support services they receive for their child. We are piloting the personal budget approach to ensure that local authorities properly understand how they and their partners should commission services to ensure all children can access high quality provision, whether or not their parents take up the option of a personal budget The pilots will look at how we can best ensure effective commissioning and high- quality services in the new system.

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