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Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Finance (21 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how mainstream schools are held to account for the use of SEND funding; and whether the Government plans to ring-fence that funding.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Finance (21 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department takes to ensure that learners on SEND support in mainstream settings are prioritised by school leadership.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Teachers (21 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that SEND is a fundamental part of strengthening Qualified Teacher Status.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs (21 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve career progression opportunities for special educational needs coordinators and SEND specialists; and whether he plans to include those roles in his Department's consultation, Strengthening qualified teacher status and career progression, published on 15 December 2017.

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: Will the Minister give way?

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: Further to my hon. Friend’s point about youth crime, is she aware of a fantastic initiative in Newham, the Carry A Basketball Not A Blade campaign?

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds North West (Alex Sobel) for securing this important debate, and for his excellent and entertaining speech; I do not think that we have heard rap quoted in here before. He recently took over from me as co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on basketball, and he is doing a sterling...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Homosexuality (9 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number people who have undertaken gay conversion therapy.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Homosexuality (9 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the (a) psychological (b) emotional effect on people undergoing gay conversion therapy.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: I thank the Minister for leaving me time to make some closing remarks. This has been an excellent debate, although in my opinion it was far too short—it was over-subscribed, which is a good thing, but in the time allocated we obviously had too many speakers. I encourage my hon. Friend the Member for High Peak (Ruth George) to seek a Backbench Business debate, as she was unable to set...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: Excellent. Will the Minister also extend that invitation to my hon. Friend the Member for High Peak, who as he knows is a member of the Work and Pensions Committee? She has considerable expertise in the area. I again encourage the Minister to read the school food plan—in particular, chapter 11, on the benefits of free school meals. The School Food Plan Alliance would happily meet him...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: I beg to move, That this House has considered future eligibility for free school meals and the pupil premium. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. With the support of my hon. Friend the Member for High Peak (Ruth George), I called this debate because of our serious concerns about the Department for Education’s consultation, “Eligibility for free school...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: Yes. One of my reasons for supporting universal free school meals is that the stigma would be removed. It was proved in the excellent school food plan commissioned under the former Education Secretary, the right hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), that that was one of the benefits of universal free school meals. The poorest kids, who are entitled to them anyway, are the ones who...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: I totally agree. The same system should apply for all children who are entitled to universal credit, although wider access is another debate.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: I agree about auto-enrolment: parents should not have to apply. However, the point that I am trying to make is that any family eligible for universal credit should automatically get free school meals through auto-enrolment. If the cliff edge is brought in, it would be detrimental to that vision that we probably all share.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: I absolutely agree. Administering the cliff edge will mean huge costs. We should learn from the current system for free school meals for infants. I am aware that many hon. Members wish to speak in the debate, so I had better get back to setting out my concerns. What we want to prevent is families avoiding pay rises or working more hours for fear that they will lose out. That is not making...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: Absolutely—the hon. Lady will not be surprised to learn that I totally agree with what she just said. However, I do not see it as an either/or situation, as I want both those things; I want children to be getting their breakfasts and then getting their lunches. When there were the pilots for universal free school meals, lots of schools could manage to provide both, because even when...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: Yes—for the last time.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: Yes. My hon. Friend might not have realised what I was referring to before; it was to the private Member’s Bill promoted by our right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead on holiday meal provision, which the Minister has committed to running some pilots on. Hopefully, they will prove that point. On the benefits of universal free school meals, I will just add that when they were...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Sharon Hodgson: I am just about to finish. The proposals in the consultation would jeopardise all of that, because those children would have to go back to bringing in packed lunches and only 1% of packed lunches meet the nutritional requirements that our fabulous school food does now. It has been improved beyond recognition. I will give way to the hon. Lady very quickly.


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