Extra funding for special education


Councils across Yorkshire and the Humber are to receive a share of over £4.4 million in new funding to help prepare for the biggest transformation of Special Educational Needs and disabilities support in over thirty years.

The new money will support councils in giving young people and parents greater say over their personalised care and assistance.

It will also put in place a new birth-to-25 system for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities.

The government has also today published a new easier-to-read Code of Practice , which offers practical advice for councils, schools and hospitals to ensure they are providing the new support for these children and young people.

Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, said:

“It’s more important than ever that councils put the pedal to the floor and redouble their efforts to make sure all families can benefit from this comprehensive support from September.

“Over 2000 families have been testing our reforms, with many saying that the new rules are already giving them a greater say and more control over how and where they access support.

“The additional £45 million we’re giving councils today will help ensure a smooth transition for everyone.”

The new Code of Practice sets out in one place the legal requirements that councils, schools and other organisations that support children and young people with SEND must follow.

Studies have found that the majority of parents piloting the new system feel more empowered and are happier with the services they are receiving. Councils are also making good progress in laying the groundwork for the new system.