Thursday 3 September 2020 / 12:01 AM Education / Tulip Siddiq

Lack of SEND support could lead to some children having to miss out on vital education – Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, responding to a Nuffield Foundation survey showing that 20,000 pupils with SEND are unlikely to return to school this month, said:

“All children with special educational needs and disabilities deserve to have their needs met at school, yet this incompetent Government is failing to ensure that the necessary support is put in place or reassure parents.

“There are serious concerns that this lack of SEND support could lead to some children having to miss out on vital education and a rise in school exclusions. This would be a devastating outcome for children with SEND, many of whom have seen their physical and mental health deteriorate in recent months.

“Ministers must work harder to ensure that all children can get back to school safely. That means providing better support and guidance so that the needs of vulnerable children and those with SEND can be met in all schools.”