18 Dec

Your voice has made a difference

As you know, SSV members have been lobbying government for the last 6 months with particular regard to the financial position many of our schools find themselves in.  Only two weeks ago we met with senior officials to explain our collective position.  Special schools from up and down the country allowed SSV colleagues to use their schools as case studies.   We were able to put forward a really compelling, detailed account of the challenges we are facing.  Many schools have also written to their local MPs.

We were therefore delighted, on Sunday, to read the press release from Damian Hinds: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-funding-to-support-children-with-special-educational-needs

SSV welcomes the new money going into local authorities to support the high needs block.  We acknowledge that this funding is time limited for the next two years.  We see this as a step forward.  However we will continue, on your behalf, to ensure all our children and young people receive the funding that they deserve.  We need a sustainable and transparent funding formula that acknowledges the needs of the young people that attend our schools.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  Have a peaceful Christmas and restful New Year.

Best wishes from all the SSV committee.