July 29, 2008

Pounds 10m for Special Needs Training

FUNDING to the tune of pounds 10 million a year is to be set aside for schools to train Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators, it was announced today.

The co-ordinators - Sencos - are the key people responsible for the learning and support of all children with special educational needs in their school.

The money will allow them to undertake new, nationally accredited training. From September, it will be a requirement that all Sencos be qualified teachers and receive additional training.

A further pounds 12 million will be put towards training for trainee and existing teachers.

The funding is part of a package laid out by schools minister Lord (Andrew) Adonis in his speech today to Voice, the union for teaching professionals.

Lord Adonis said: "Improving the life chances of children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities is an absolute priority for this government and equipping teachers with the skills they need is central to this. Overall, funding for SENprovision has risen by more than pounds 1 billion in the last four years.

"Teachers who take on a specific role in helping children with special needs and disabilities are an inspirational group, who do an amazing job."

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