pound;25m for pre-school SEN pupils

23rd March 2001 at 00:00
PRE-SCHOOL children with special educational needs will benefit from a pound;25 million package to tackle learning difficulties, the Government announced this week. The money will be used to train specialist childcare and early-years workers, fund services for children with SEN and set up a regional network of experts. A working group will be set up to develop practical guidance on how children with special needs can be identifid before they reach their second birthday. Mr Blunkett announced the measures during the second reading of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill in the House of Commons. The Bill would strengthen the rights of parents of children with a disability or learning difficulty to choose a place in a mainstream school for their child. The Bill passed its second reading and will now move on to committee stage.

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