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Special Educational Needs: North East

Question for Department for Education

UIN 18397, tabled on 21 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of support offered to SEND facilities in the North East.

Answered on

26 February 2020

We have launched a review of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) system to see what improvements are required to make sure every child gets the education that is right for them.

No child or young person should be held back from reaching their potential, including those with complex special needs. This is why we have announced £780 million of additional high needs funding for local authorities nationally in the 2020-21 financial year . This is an increase of 12% compared to this year, bringing the total amount for supporting those with the most complex needs to over £7 billion.

Every local authority will see an increase in high needs funding of at least 8% per head of population aged 2 to 18. Local authorities in the North East will receive a total of £338 million in high needs funding in 2020-21, an increase of £40 million compared to this year.

We have also invested a total of £365 million through the special provision capital fund from 2018-19 to 2020-21. This funding will help local authorities to create new places and improve facilities for pupils with SEND. The North East has been allocated a total of £12.5 million from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

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