Special Educational Needs: Employment

Education written question – answered on 6th September 2011.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of attending a special school on the ability of a young person to gain employment; and if he will make a statement.

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

Currently, the Department for Education does not collect information about the impact of special schools on the ability of a young person to gain employment. However, in the recent Green Paper, “Support and aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability”, we announced our intention to introduce Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 destination measures. These school and college level measures will demonstrate how many of schools’ and colleges’ former pupils progress into further education, employment or training. It is our intention to include special school pupils within these measures at the earliest opportunity, following testing of the data collection processes.

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