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Further Education: Learning Disability

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what criteria are used to determine whether further education college courses for people with learning difficulties are eligible for public funding; and what contingency arrangements are in place to help people on these courses that have recently lost funding. (229005)

Learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities are a priority group for the Learning and Skills Council.

Learning plans for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities are individualised to support the learners’ need, maximise their chances of progression and to ensure positive outcomes from their programmes of study. This includes the promotion of employability and independent living skills where appropriate.

Where possible the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) expects programmes for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to include approved qualifications and ensure all learning is accredited.

In cases where low quality provision may have to be replaced, contingency arrangements will be handled by the local LSC office who negotiate alternative provision with local partners to minimise any disruption to the learner.