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School Standards

Education written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Conservative, East Hampshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what research his Department has conducted on the cost-effectiveness of packages of education, care and health support in (a) non-maintained and (b) maintained special schools.

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

It is for local authorities to determine the cost-effectiveness of the school to be named in a child's statement of special educational needs. In determining the school to be named a local authority will take into account whether the placement is suitable to meet the child's age, ability aptitude and type of SEN; whether the placement is compatible with the efficient education of other children with whom the child will be educated; and whether the placement is an efficient use of local authority resources, which will include the cost-effectiveness of the placement. The fees charged by non-maintained special schools will vary with the individual needs of each child and are contractual matters to be decided between the school and local authority. Maintained special schools are currently funded in accordance with an authority's local funding formula determined in discussion with its schools forum. The first part of a two part consultation on school funding reforms closed on 25 May 2011 and full details are available on the Department's website at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/consultations/index.cfm?action=conResults&consultationId=1756 &external=no&menu=3

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