§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learning support units for children with challenging behaviour there were in schools in 1997.
§ Mr. Timms
The Department was carrying out a pilot of 41 learning support units in schools in 1997. This lasted from 1996–97 to 1998–99. The units were funded by the predecessor of our "Social Inclusion Pupil Support" Standards Fund grant.
There are now over 1,000 learning support units in schools, both within Excellence in Cities authorities and elsewhere.