THERE is something deeply wrong with the training of teachers to help special needs children, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman said in the Commons.
Mr Sheerman, Labour chairman of the Commons' Education and Skills Committee, said there was a shortage of special educational needs teachers.
At Question Time he said: "While there are many wonderful teachers in special educational needs up and down the country, there are not enough of them."
He added: "There is something deeply wrong with the training of our teachers when so many of them have no experience of teaching children with special educational needs and no experience in teaching children to read."
Junior education minister Parmjit Dhanda said special needs teaching was a compulsory part of teacher training.
He added: "We need to go further and we are working with the TDA (Training and Development Agency) on that.
"I think the appropriate way forward is actually to work with groups like the Autism Working Group."