The programme includes new grants totalling over £7m for special educational needs (SEN). In addition there will be support for more Truancy Watch Schemes. Mr Patten said: 'This programme targets money to where it is most needed and will support expenditure on a range of key educational priorities.
'I have decided to introduce two new grants totalling 7.3m for special educational needs which will provide assistance to schools for developing SEN policies as well as support for LEAs to develop parent partnership schemes. The grant for parent partnership schemes will enable LEAs to develop information and advisory services to support parents of children with special needs. Both these initiatives will mean that more help and information is available to parents facing the practical and sometimes emotional difficulties of looking after children with these problems.
'LEAs have been invited to bid for support for Truancy Watch Schemes. The Truancy and Disaffected Pupils programme will be announced early next year. As in previous years, the programme also reinforces the Government's commitment towards implementing key education reforms.