Peter­bor­ough’s chil­dren may be ‘more needy’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Peter­bor­ough’s chil­dren may be “more needy” than chil­dren in other parts of the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil of­fi­cer.

The com­ments by Shee­lagh Sul­li­van, head of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs, were made at last Thurs­day’s Chil­dren & Ed­u­ca­tion Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee.

A re­port dis­cussed by the com­mit­tee was gen­er­ally pos­i­tive, but high­lighted the fact that the per­cent­age of Peter­bor­ough’s chil­dren be­ing looked af­ter with spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs (SEN) is 37.6 per cent, much higher than the na­tional av­er­age of 26.7 per cent.

Ms Sul­li­van added: “I ac­cept that a lot more im­prove­ment is needed, but I also see that we are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

Asked if chil­dren with SEN are be­ing re­moved from academies be­cause they have the right to do, coun­cil di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion Jonathan Lewis replied: “I will not tol­er­ate any school that does not give a child fair ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion.”

Jonathan Lewis

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