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“Following the concerns raised with me by parents I have taken the following action.

I have emailed Cllr Wendy Mathys, Lead Member for Children's Services and Education, asking her to visit the group to talk to parents and gave her your contact details as Trustee. I asked what support are Sutton Council giving to providing a network of mentors to support children with autism, ADHD and Aspergers. I also asked Cllr Mathys what details she expects parents to receive about how the money in their child’s EHCP is spent by their school. I put the same question to Nick Gibb, Schools Minister, along with the following questions:

Parents asked me whether children with autism, Aspergers or ADHD had extra time in exams. I would expect this to be judged on an individual basis according to their specific needs. If this is not happening for children who require extra time then this is a concern and, if they live in my constituency please ask them to raise this with me or the Sutton Information and Advice Service for parents of children with SEN on 020 8770 4541 or email at .

For your information, a SENCO must be a qualified teacher working at the school. A newly appointed SENCO must be a qualified teacher and, where they have not previously been the SENCO at that or any other relevant school for a total period of more than twelve months, they must achieve a National Award in Special Educational Needs Co-ordination within three years of appointment. This is a postgraduate course accredited by a recognised higher education provider.

I will let you know when I have more information.

Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat for Carshalton and Wallington

Lib Dem Spokesman for Exiting the European Union and International Trade and First Secretary of State

0208 255 8155”

Message from Tom Brake