A BARNSLEY MP has praised new plans to raise school standards and improve provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities.

Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, spoke in parliament about the new Schools White Paper - which includes two new changes that she has been asking for ‘for some time’.

Those changes means that schools which has been rated as Outstanding will have Ofsted inspections, and inspections will take place of multi-academy trusts.

The former teacher and mum-of-three said: “I’m also pleased to see new measures for improving the recruitment and training of teachers, and a register for children not in school to make sure no child is lost from the system.

“In terms of SEND, the government is proposing a single national SEND and alternative provision system across education, health, and care, to set clear standards and bring consistency to how children and young people’s needs are identified and met. “Alongside which there will also be a significant investment of £2.6bn to deliver new places closer to home and improve existing provision for children and young people with SEND.”

Ms Cates spoke in Parliament about the importance of giving families the support they need to help their children thrive in the school setting.

The first wave of new ‘family hubs’ are set to be announced soon and she is asking for the trials to take place in the Barnsley Council area so her constituents will be the first to benefit.