On the 07.12.18 the Chair of Governors and Headteacher attended the SEND summit in Sutton Coldfield entitled ‘Empty promises’. During the conference it was clear that all schools are finding it harder to support the growing needs of SEND pupils due to the impact of significant cuts to health and social care as well as the cuts to education’s higher needs funding block. All schools are being asked to do more with less resources and go beyond the role of teacher and educator by covering social care and health roles to meet the needs of pupils with SEND. We were informed that the Institute for Fiscal Studies (July 2018) revealed that pupil funding has fallen by 8% per pupil in ‘real terms’. Schools are currently facing a crisis for funding the education of pupils with SEND. Attendance at the summit confirms the bleak picture that we are facing. We have an education system that is struggling to meet the needs of our most vulnerable pupils and so, as an outcome of the summit the school will be writing more formally to parents with more information at a later date. As parents know we are committed to achieving positive outcomes for all of our pupils at Pitcheroak and will of course continue to provide the very best for each individual pupil within the current budget that we have.
Carrie Grant – Pop guru and television presenter spoke passionately about her experiences as a parent of children with SEND