Sam Baileys son off school for a year in pyjamas due to broken system

Sam Baileys son off school for a year in pyjamas due to broken system

X Factor legend Sam Bailey has revealed that her son Tommy has not attended school in a year as she discussed the "broken" education system in England.

The songstress who won the ITV talent show in 2013 explained that her youngster who has autism has been at home for a year, wearing his pyjamas and receiving "hardly any education".

During an appearance on Loose Women, the singer and actress opened up about her year-long battle to get Tommy in school.

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The youngster was diagnosed with autism and dyspraxia back in 2020 after Sam and her husband Craig Pearson sought help and Tommy had an assessment.

Sam, 45, claims she and her husband had noticed that Tommy was "different" to other children.

Speaking to Loose Women stars Ruth Langsford, Brenda Edwards, Jane Moore and Gloria Hunniford the Take It Out on the Dance Floor hitmaker said: "He's been off school since July last year, so no school.

"He's been living at home in his pyjamas for a year with hardly any education.

"The year that I've had, the system is so broke."

Mum-of-three Sam went on to say that Tommy couldn't remain in mainstream education as he needed to be in a specialist school which was more suited for his needs.

"Because he's autistic he can't go to a mainstream school because they can't meet his needs," she told the panel.

However, due to a lack of funding, Tommy was unable to attend a school which would be able to cater to his individual needs.

She went on to say: "I was stuck with him at home because they wouldn't give me the funding for him to go to a special school."

Despite currently appearing as Mrs Potts in the West End version of Beauty and the Beast, Sam is still relentlessly trying to get her son into a school.

"I've been on the phone, emails, I've gone through six case managers," she said before continuing: "I've talked to MPs and I've talked to parents.

"There are so many people out there that are doing the same as me, struggling.

"There children are at home because they can't go to school, there are not enough schools, I've fought, I've banged tables and not everybody can do this."

Anchor Ruth Langsford pointed out that the current Tory government have pledged to invest £2.6 billion in order to create thousands of places at schools for children with special educational needs.

Sam was delighted with the news before confirming she had managed to get Tommy into a school come September but she didn't know which school he would be attending.

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