As constituents may be aware, every Thursday the Leader of the House, Penny Mordaunt MP, comes to Parliament to announce what we will be considering for the next week. At this session, MPs can request that time is given to debate a subject of importance to their constituents.
During the session this morning, I asked the Leader whether we could have a Minister come to Parliament to deliver a statement about funding for SEND schools. I did this after hearing from headteachers of schools in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner that provide specialist SEND support. These headteachers are concerned about the implications of insufficient short-term funding for their schools. I therefore asked whether a Minister could examine this issue and update MPs with their findings.
The Leader outlined the support the Government has given to SEND providers and a commitment to go further. I was also encouraged that the Leader wrote to the Secretary of State for Education, asking her to consider my question.