Special Educational Needs

Education written question – answered on 7th September 2011.

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Photo of Graeme Morrice Graeme Morrice Labour, Livingston

To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the evaluation of special educational needs personal budget pilots will consider the role of local authorities in developing a market from which parents can choose an appropriate range of services.

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

The Green Paper “Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability” (SEND) (March 2011) outlined proposals to improve the current support system for families, children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in England.

We are commissioning a series of SEND pathfinders to test out a range of new and innovative approaches to improve services, including the use of special educational needs personal budgets. I can confirm that the national evaluation study, commissioned to underpin the SEND pathfinder programme, will consider the local authority role in developing markets to support special educational needs personal budgets.

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