On 7th June Mary was drawn to ask a question following the Education Secretary’s statement on the Government’s proposed education recovery plan.
Mary used her question to highlight the many complex needs of disabled children and ask that these are not forgotten by the Government’s recovery plan.
Mary continues to speak up for the needs of disabled people in the chamber, an issue she is passionate about. This Carers’ Week Mary has pledged to use her experience as a carer to highlight the invaluable work that carers do. Mary is also a Disabled Children’s Partnership Champion in Parliament, speaking up for disabled children in City of Durham and across the country.
The full question and response are below:
This Carers’ Week, I’m concerned that disabled children are being left out of the conversation on recovery. The needs of every child should be considered, not just those without special educational needs.
Can the Secretary of State [Gavin Williamson] explain how he will ensure that the Government’s COVID-19 recovery plans will meet the complex needs of disabled children and families and allow them to heal?
Secretary of State for Education:
The Honourable Lady is right to highlight the importance of this and I would like to reassure her, it’s certainly been at the forefront of my mind and my Honourable Friend’s mind as well. And that’s as, we’ve, you know, worked up the allocations and the formula, there’s been a particular tilt towards those schools that are supporting children with special needs, recognising that they have extra demands on their shoulders.