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Lack Of Support For Special Schools Concerning

Lack Of Support For Special Schools Concerning

National’s Associate Education spokesman, Allan Peachey, has questioned the lack of provision of special schooling for children with disabilities.

At the Education and Science Select Committee this morning he told the Secretary for Education that he was disappointed at the lack of clarity around the need to make more places available at special schools.

“I sense Labour is uncomfortable, for the wrong reasons, about any suggestion that we need more special schools”.

Mr Peachey asked why it is being made so difficult for parents to enrol their children at a special school.

“Why do the parents of one special needs child have to wait for another special needs child to die before a place becomes available for their child?”

He also asked why it was proving so difficult for children to access services they need, such as occupational and speech therapy.

“Too many children are waiting too long for the help they need.

“It’s time this Government got its thinking clear on special education, sorted out the administrative difficulties it claims are hampering the provision of special education, and gave greater emphasis to the needs of children and their parents”

ENDS

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