Schools: Special Educational Needs - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:46 pm on 12 February 2024.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education) 2:46, 12 February 2024

My Lords, I note what the Minister said in reply to my noble friend about new provision being made; that is to be welcomed. Ofsted inspections have found a shortage of school places and special school provision locally—that is the key word: locally—for children and young people with complex needs. As a consequence, they are placed out of their locality, away from their families, friends and peer groups. What are the Government planning to do to ensure that there is sufficient specialist provision in local areas?