Schools: Special Needs Pupils - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 2:57 pm ar 19 Mawrth 2024.

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Photo of The Bishop of Worcester The Bishop of Worcester Bishop 2:57, 19 Mawrth 2024

My Lords, I declare my interest as a parent who had to fight hard for an EHCP for his child. It is not only in deprived areas that it is very hard to be awarded an EHCP; it is certainly true in Worcestershire, where a large proportion of applications are turned down. As I was fighting through mediation, I was told by a health professional, “Remember, John, only pushy parents get EHCPs”, and that seemed to be the case. Does the Minister agree that this is shameful? Does she also agree with the LSE that the basic problem is that more money needs to be put into the system?