New principles, practice, policies, procedures and provisions - these have been part of the revolutionary changes that have taken place since the Education Act of 1981, and no doubt the Schools Act of 1992. They provide the broad context within which this book was planned and written, by authorities in the field of special educational needs. In straightforward terms, the authors address the issues arising as a result of the legislation and the implications for the financing and management of schools through the local management of schools provision. They show that the National Curriculum poses problems concerning pupils with special needs, perhaps the most contentious of all being the methods proposed, and being enacted for the assessment of pupil success, and the ways assessment will be used to determine the success of schools and of the education system overall. This is a timely book for teachers and parents, and for all who have a commitment to education whether by direct participation or as a member of a wider educated, and educating, society.