§ Mr. John Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what initiatives are planned by his Department to improve special educational provision in secondary schools.412W
§ Mr. Butcher
Special educational provision in secondary schools is primarily a responsibility of LEAs. The introduction of the national curriculum is a major initiative which will enable LEAs and schools to improve educational provision for all children, not least those who require special educational provision. The in-service training of teachers in ordinary schools with a designated responsibility for pupils with special educational needs is a national priority area in the Department's local education authority training grants scheme.