Six conferences at different venues throughout the country are being organised by the British Dyslexia Association and are designed to help school governors and SEN co-ordinators use resources to best advantage when implementing the SEN code of practice.
The department will be providing £10,000 in 1995-96, and a further 5,000 in 1996-97 towards the cost of these events.
Announcing the sponsorship, Lord Henley said: 'This is an important training opportunity for governors and teachers and we are pleased to support it financially. The British Dyslexia Association has a great deal of practical experience in this area. The events will cover solutions to managing special needs in the classroom, taking advantage of good quality methods and materials and known existing good practice.
British Dyslexia Association director Paul Cann welcomed the sponsorship and said the conferences would be valuable for governors and special needs co-ordinators who were crucial in ensuring adequate support to children with special needs.