Portsmouth MP makes local case for special needs kids

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MP PENNY Mordaunt used local case studies to highlight the problems with education provision for children with special needs in a parliamentary speech.

The Portsmouth North MP made a strong case for reform using examples of Portsmouth youngsters not getting the right schooling either because the school is not suitable, the council fails to assess them, or the money allocated to them by the state is not allowed to be spent on alternative schooling.

Ms Mordaunt, who hopes her speech will help shape policy, said yesterday: ‘I have met the evidence, so to speak – parents of children with dyslexia or a language disorder struggling in the aftermath of short-sighted LEA decisions which undermine the principle of an education for all.

‘Change is needed to strengthen the hands of parents and teachers fighting for these children’s just rights and entitlements.’

She also warned government proposals for a single assessment process could discriminate against children with less serious difficulties.