School Funding — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 24th October 2018.

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Photo of Lilian Greenwood Lilian Greenwood Chair, Transport Committee 9:30 am, 24th October 2018

The hon. Lady is making some very important points on behalf of pupils with special educational needs. The Department for Education’s statistics show that at the start of this year 4,500 pupils with a statutory right to special educational needs support were not in school at all; they were awaiting a suitable place, and a lot of them were being home schooled because they could not get a place. That is only the tip of the iceberg, because those are only the pupils with a special education need statement or an education, health and care plan. The actual number of young people with special educational needs who are not in school is even higher.