Special Educational Needs: Rural Areas

Education written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will provide additional funding to small rural secondary schools to support disadvantaged pupils with special educational needs.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Under the reformed arrangements for school funding from 2013-14 announced on 26 March, it will be for local authorities to devise simpler formulae through which maintained schools and academies will be funded. The formulae will include a notional special educational needs (SEN) budget for each school. If a school has unusually high levels of SEN, perhaps because it is seen as a local centre of excellence, local authorities will be free to provide further funding outside the formula following locally agreed principles.

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