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Inclusion Agenda

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support his Department gives to (a) teachers, (b) academics, (c) therapists and (d) psychologists who are supporting the Inclusion agenda in state (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools; and if he will make a statement. (80862)

[holding answer 28 June 2006]: The Department provides substantial support to schools and those who work with them in delivering an inclusive education that meets the needs of all children, through the funding it provides for schools and local authorities, the funds it provides for the Training and Development Agency for Schools and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the guidance it issues. The extent of the Government's commitment to supporting children in schools is illustrated by the fact that since 1997-98, total funding in England has increased nationally, by £1,170 per pupil from £2,940 in 1997-98 to £4,110 per pupil in 2005-06. This represents a rise of nearly 40 per cent. per pupil.