July 22, 2008

Champ Backed By MP

MP SHARON Hodgson has welcomed the creation of a communications champion to help children with special educational needs.

In a Commons speech the Gateshead East and Washington West MP described the Bercow Report into Speech, Language and Communication Needs as eminently sensible.

Its recommendations include the creation of a Communications Champion to lead a year of communication in order to raise awareness of the 40,000 children who start school with SLCN.

Mrs Hodgson, who passed a Bill this year to improve information on special educational needs, promised to help ensure the recommendations of the report become realities.

Speaking afterwards, she said: "Communication is crucial and this report establishes a coherent plan for the future."

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