Special Educational Needs

Education written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to ensure (a) consistency of quality and (b) affordability of provision for children with (i) special educational needs and (ii) disabilities under his planned system of personal budgets.

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

Our Green Paper, “Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability”, proposed that all families of children with the proposed “Education, Health and Care Plan” would be able to take up the offer of a personal budget by 2014. On 30 June, we invited bids from local authorities and their partners to become pathfinders. The pathfinders will test a range of proposals set out in the Green Paper, including the option of a personal budget. Pathfinders involved in testing personal budgets will be expected to explore the cost and impact of providing support in this way, so as to ensure that all children with special educational needs or who are disabled continue to receive high quality services, whether or not the family wishes to take up the offer of a personal budget.

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