PETITION TO TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL SAY NO TO SEND CUTS
We, the undersigned, are opposed to the cuts Tower Hamlets Council is planning to support provided to children with SEND by up to £650,000.
The proposals will see 13.5 of the current 28.5 posts deleted from the Support for Learning Service (SLS).
The SLS is a team of specialist teachers who work with SENCos, teachers and TAs to fully include children with SEND in our schools and pre-school settings.
The proposed cuts will place extra pressure on teachers and support staff in schools, who will be responsible for meeting the needs of growing numbers of high needs pupils but with a drastic reduction in specialist assessments, training and expertise.
Pupils with SEND have been hit hardest by Covid: these cuts will only deepen inequalities.
A recent survey of provision during “lockdown” praised the SLS for its support to vulnerable families.
We call upon Tower Hamlets Council to withdraw the proposed cuts.
Petition produced by Tower Hamlets National Education Union (NEU) and will be sent to Tower Hamlets Council.
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