Yesterday I was invited to the highly regarded Public Accounts Committee session on the green paper as an expert on the subject and as a member of the Education Select committee. To be invited to join this committee is a privilege and I was pleased to be able to add my thoughts on Special Educational Needs provisions.
I raised questions about the provision for those with learning difficulties in mainstream schools. I am very keen to ensure that all teachers who are not specialists in this area are able to get the support they need in order to teach those with special educational needs in mainstream schools.
I also wanted to highlight the positive work Matt Hancock’s campaign is doing to implement universal screening for dyslexia for primary school children. As someone who is both dyslexic and dyspraxic, I absolutely know the value of specialist teaching. It is something that must be expanded to all hidden learning difficulties so they can be given the same effective teaching as those without. Early identification is key in delivering the right support for every child and this is something I am keen to see put in motion.