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Funding and special educational needs and disabilities examined

23 October 2018

The Education Committee questions educational experts, schools and local authorities on SEND funding as part of its inquiries into school and college funding and special educational needs and disabilities.


At 10 am

Tuesday 23 October in Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

Panel 1

  • Matthew Keer, Parent of two children with SEND and blogger on Special Needs Jungle
  • Justin Cooke, Policy Manager, Ambitious about Autism
  • Julie Cordiner, Education Funding Specialist, School Financial Success

Panel 2

  • David Clarke, Deputy Director for Education, Oxfordshire County Council
  • Helen Wallace, Headteacher, Thameside Primary School, Reading
  • Dr Jackie Lown, Head of Children and Young People, Specialist Services, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Alyson Shields, Head of Education and Supported Learning, New College Durham

Purpose of the session

The Committee will explore how SEND is funded, the challenges faced by schools and local authorities and the impact of reforms to funding for pupils with SEND.

The SEND inquiry is examining the success of the Government's 2014 reforms to the SEND system, while the inquiry into school and college funding is being held to determine what the Department for Education's priorities should be for the next Spending Review period.

Further information

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