HC Deb 27 June 1989 vol 155 cc411-2W
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.

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.