Bury North MP James Frith used his first question at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) to challenge Prime Minister Theresa May to take action to tackle school exclusions, which have seen a rise in recent years.
James focused on exclusion of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), who make up a large majority of exclusions. He flagged the worrying increase in the use of the ‘Other’ category by schools as the reason for exclusion and the lack of any data being kept by government detailing what this means.
“We need an inclusive education system and a plan for all our children. The current state of exclusions, especially of children with SEND, is completely unacceptable.
“In the coming weeks I’ll be meeting with Edward Timpson, the government’s lead on the review into exclusions, Ofsted Chief Amanda Spielman and Regional Schools Commissioner Vicky Beer to press this issue.
“We must bring the rate of exclusions down, improve transparency in the system and do more to support children with additional needs and disabilities in mainstream education where appropriate instead of farming them out to alternative provision.”
Watch James’s question to the Prime Minister and her response below.