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Independent Special Schools

Education written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department has taken to develop a legal definition of an independent special school, separate from the definition of an independent mainstream school.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The legal definition of an independent school includes schools that make provision for mainstream pupils as well as those that are specially organised to cater for pupils with special educational needs. The Department has not taken any steps to introduce a separate legal definition of an independent special school.

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