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Special Educational Needs

Education written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Conservative, Blackpool North and Cleveleys

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the merits of developing commissioning guidance for head teachers on support for children with speech, language and communication needs.

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

The Department has made no such assessment. The special educational needs (SEN) and disability Green Paper, “Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability”, highlights the importance of joint local commissioning of services for disabled children and those with SEN, with local authorities taking a leading role involving other professionals, including head teachers. Consultation on the Green Paper finished on 30 June and we have invited bids for local areas to run pathfinders to test proposals in the Green Paper. We will consider responses to questions in the Green Paper on local collaboration, the emerging lessons from the pathfinders and the views of SEN organisations before setting out how we will encourage better commissioning for disabled children and those with SEN, including children with speech, language and communication needs.

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