Medway Conservatives welcome measures outlined in a recent Medway Council press release, which details the ways in which, under this Conservative administration, the authority is continuing to develop plans to ensure appropriate special educational need provision is made available to all Medway children and young people with special educational need.
In the face of a national increase in the number of young people with special educational need and disabilities, Medway Conservatives are planning well ahead, and are determined to deliver the support to allow these children to reach their full potential and develop into happy, confident and flourishing young adults.
In keeping with our priorities of facilitating greater levels of inclusion, and making sure Medway’s children do not have to be educated out of area, we have already overseen the investment of multi-millions into Medway schools – including £13 million at Abbey Court Primary School. Despite the unfortunate circulation of gross misinformation regarding the level of availability of SEND provision at Abbey Court School, Medway Conservatives are happy to welcome the findings of a recent review which confirms that there is sufficient capacity for both primary and secondary ages up until September 2020.
Medway Conservatives shall always prioritise the delivery of excellent levels of service for all Medway’s children, taking stock of all facts and without inciting unnecessary distress and uncertainty among parents – which is what is happening at present. With cooperation from all schools, this administration will continue to assess all options where increased provision from September 2020 can be delivered to meet the complex needs of each individual child.
For further information, including comment from Conservative Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Councillor Andrew Mackness, please see Medway Council’s press release found here.