Special Educational Needs — [Geraint Davies in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:33 am on 20th March 2019.

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Photo of Mike Kane Mike Kane Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) 10:33 am, 20th March 2019

I taught in a school and I know that the plans cost money, but that money is not there. Schools are worried about employing cleaners and, according to The Times last weekend, we have headteachers cleaning the loos. I had a delegation from a special school for children with autism in Sheffield yesterday, and they are having to reduce the number of assistants and the ratios of children to people providing support are getting bigger. There is very little they could do.

At one point in their lives, more than 2 million children in England will have some kind of SEND, but shockingly only 3% of children in England have SEND statements or education and health care plans.