Lobbying the Government for more Special Needs Funding

March 23, 2019

I'm continuing my work to put pressure on Government for greater support for Special Educational Needs (SEN) funding in Nottinghamshire. 


On Tuesday, I brought representatives from Nottinghamshire County Council to Parliament to discuss education funding with the Government. Together with Cllr Philip Owen and Marion Clay from Notts County Council Children and Young People department, we met Special Educational Needs Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP to talk about local challenges with SEN provision. 


I also spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday and asked the Government to make sure that Nottinghamshire doesn’t lose out in terms of funding allocations. Asking for them to do more to support the provision of SEN and ensure that it is a priority ahead of the next budget. 



As you'll be aware from my previous post, I also sat in on an Education Select Committee session earlier this week where we had the opportunity to speak directly to young people with special educational needs about the issues that they have faced getting the support that they need to succeed at school and college.


It is important that we ensure that children with special educational needs receive the support that they need. The current provision means that schools have to subsidise services out of their core budgets which is creating a strain due to the huge growth in demand for special educational needs provision. 


I will continue to lobby the Government to make sure that Mansfield receives the funding that we need to ensure that schools are properly funded and that children with special educational needs receive the support that they need and deserve. 


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