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Special Educational Needs

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to increase parental awareness of dyslexia and other special educational needs. (180072)

Through the Education Act 1996, local authorities are required to arrange for the parent of any child with special educational needs in their area to be provided with advice and information about matters relating to those needs. The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice says that local authorities must make arrangements for parent partnership advice services, and it sets out minimum standards for these services. These minimum standards have been built upon through our guidance entitled “Parent Partnership Services - increasing parental confidence” which we published in December last year.

We fund the Council for Disabled Children to provide a National Parent Partnership Network, which supports parent partnership services with information, communication, training and development.

We are providing £64,000 this financial year, and £86,000 next financial year to enable the British Dyslexia Association to enhance their helpline’s provision of information and advice for teachers and parents on best practice in identifying and supporting children with dyslexia.