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Pre-school Education: Expenditure

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures the Government have in place for monitoring how funds for School Action and School Action Plus are spent; and what systems exist to evaluate the efficacy of the expenditure. (132886)

There is a duty on local authorities to provide an explanation of that element of special educational provision for children with special educational needs (but without statements) which the local authority expects normally to be met from maintained schools’ budget shares and that element of such provision that the authority expects normally to be met by funds which it holds centrally.

Local authorities must also provide information on the arrangements made by them for auditing, planning, monitoring and reviewing provision for children with special educational needs, both generally and in relation to individual children.

Details of the broad aims of local authorities’ SEN policies, including the aforementioned information, must be published on their websites.

Ofsted school inspections judge the extent to which learners with special educational needs and disabilities make progress, and how effectively and efficiently schools deploy their resources to achieve value for money. Inspectorates’ area-level assessments and inspections of children’s services cover local authority services for children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.