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Stop cuts to schools and special needs children

James Giles




The Council last night (7th February) passed the ‘SEND Transformation Plan’, despite local residents making clear that they had not been properly consulted.

The plans, which include raiding a potential £5 million from the budgets of mainstream schools, were put out to consultation over the Christmas Holidays, which resulted in a response rate of less than 2% of those with special needs children.

SEND Family Voices, a group who until recently worked with the Council on special needs matters, have described the plans as ‘fantasy’, saying: “The risk of legal challenge is now high; the risk of Tribunal rates going through the roof is also now extremely high. The Plan is unachievable & the savings suggested are completely fabricated.”

If 100 residents sign the ‘call in’ below, the decision is sent to Scrutiny Panel for an investigation.

Please sign to ensure that our schools and special needs children get the education they deserve. We demand better for SEND children.


We, the undersigned, call in all recommendations from the 'SEND Transformation Plan' from the Childrens and Adults Care and Education Committee for review at Scrutiny Panel for the following reasons:

- Councillors were misled by officers who presented the item, who claimed the consultation was sent to all SEND parents, school governors, publicised on the website and via social media, which is gross distortion of the facts.
- The consultation was not published on Kingston Council's consultation portal until 3rd January, leaving less than three weeks for the public to reply through this forum.
- The 'easy read' consultation was not published until after most schools had broken up.
- The consultation did not meet government guidelines on good consultation.
- Out of Borough schools which have Kingston SEND pupils attending were not consulted on the proposals
- SEND partners and parents were not consulted before the plan was published
- The consultation only had 96 responses. There are 4,000+ CYP with SEND in Kingston - at best, the response rate was 2% and in reality, lower, which suggests there was a major flaw with the way in which consultation was carried out, leaving the Council open to legal challenge.
- The committee wilfully held the authority's constitution in contempt by agreeing to the sending the Written Statement of Action to Ofsted a mere two working days after the committee, despite the constitution being incredibly clear that a decision cannot be fully implemented until expiration of a call-in period.
- The risk of legal challenge is now high; the risk of Tribunal rates going through the roof is also now extremely high.
- The Plan is unachievable & the savings suggested are completely fabricated.


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James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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‘Remain or Leave’ EU debate to be held in New Malden – put your view to the panel!

James Giles



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Local residents are invited to an impartial debate, to be held on the 10th June at the Shiraz Mirza Community Hall in New Malden, in regards to Britain’s continued membership of the European Union.

Former Richmond Park MP and Liberal Democrat Economics Spokesperson, Baroness Susan Kramer, will be putting the case to residents for remaining in Europe, whilst newly-elected UK Independence Party London Assembly member, David Kurten (who also lives in New Malden), will be putting forward the case to leave Europe.

Editor of Coombe Monthly, James Giles, will chair the meeting. Residents are invited to put their views to the panel ahead of the crucial vote on the 23rd June, where the British public will vote on our membership of the European Union.

Tickets can be obtained on or by calling 020 3020 0037 (option 3).

EU: In or out?

VENUE: Shiraz Mirza Community Hall, New Malden, KT3 6AU

DATE/TIME:  Friday 10th June 2016, 7:30pm-9:15pm (doors open 7:00pm)

TICKETS: £2.50 adult, £2.00 concession. Visit or call 020 3020 0037 (option 3).

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