Special Educational Needs — [Geraint Davies in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:14 am on 20th March 2019.

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Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives 10:14 am, 20th March 2019

I congratulate my hon. Friend Julian Sturdy on securing this fantastic debate.

The Children and Families Act 2014 refers to identifying children and young people with SEN, assessing their needs and making provision for them, but if that were happening, we would not be here today. We are asking schools—we are talking about mainstream schools here, not special schools—to provide special learning programmes; extra help from a teacher or teaching assistant to work in smaller groups for the children concerned; observation both in class and at break time; help with class activities; encouragement to participate in questions and other activities; and help with their communication and physical and personal care.