MP presses case for a new Worcester SEND assessment centre - The Worcester Observer

MP presses case for a new Worcester SEND assessment centre

Worcester Editorial 2nd Feb, 2024   0

WORCESTER’S MP has pressed Education Ministers for a meeting over funding for a much-needed SEND assessment centre for the city.

At Education questions this week, Robin Walker MP highlighted the need for better Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision in Worcester

The former Schools Minister also pressed colleagues for funding to support such a lifeline.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Walker said:

“I very much welcome the fact this Government is doubling its investment in early years and childcare.

“But as the Secretary of State said with regards to special educational needs, early identification of need is absolutely key.

“From that perspective would the Minister meet with me to discuss the urgent for a specialist assessment centre in Worcester after the loss of the one at Fort Royal?

“It’s gone out for commissioning, but unfortunately, we have not had any bids to host the new one and we need to get on with delivering one for next September.

In response David Johnston MP, Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing said;

“Can I thank my honourable friend, I don’t know the details of his specific case, but I would be delighted to meet with him to discuss it further”

Mr Walker continues to campaign for better funding for SEND provision in and around Worcester.

He also continues to be a long-term advocate for the f40 Campaign that is seeking a reduction in the range of per pupil funding for SEND pupils by raising the funding for the lowest 40 areas, as well as generally.

Speaking recently in a backbench business debate he said;

“This is a hugely challenging and important area.

“It would not only ease a large and growing financial burden affecting every local authority up and down the country, but particularly benefit children with SEND and their families if the aspirations set out in this motion could be delivered”

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