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SELF-GOVERNING STATUS EXTENDED TO SPECIAL SCHOOLS

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The opportunity to become self-governing is to be extended to special schools from April 1994 Schools Minister Eric...
The opportunity to become self-governing is to be extended to special schools from April 1994 Schools Minister Eric Forth announced today.

Publishing for consultation the Circular and Regulations on the Future of Special Schools Mr Forth said: 'We are determined that special schools should have the same opportunities as any other maintained school and provide the same choice and diversity for parents and pupils.

'That is why we are committed to special schools having the freedom to apply to become grant maintained special schools. This would bring with it many advantages: the decision-making powers rest with the school; the school has control of all its budget; the school is not tied up in red tape; increased collective parental involvement.

We are also updating the regulations for the approval of independent schools which accept pupils with statements of special educational needs: these schools, which make a contribution to overall provision for SEN which the Government much values, have to meet the same standards as LEA and self-governing schools in premises, staff, education and care.'
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