Anthony Cokeley Anthony Cokeley
Working Together For Change with statutory partners are hosting a post inspection parent information session on Friday 27th September at Saltwells EDC from 10am - 1pm. To sign up for this event click the following link:


At this event there will be a panel of senior decision makers who will respond to preset questions.

Its time to have your questions answered! If you wish to submit a question to panel - Martin Samuels (DMBC Strategic Directorate of People), Neil Hoskinson (DMBC Head of Educational Outcomes and SEND Lead), Santokh Dulai (DMBC Head of Disability Service) Neil Bucktin (Dudley CCG Director of Commissioning) and Dr Tim Horsburgh (Dudley CCG Dedicated Medical Officer & Clinical Lead for Children's Services).

It would be great if you can join us in person, however we know that this is not always possible hence why we are opening this conversation up here. 

Responses will be posted here following panel event.

SEND Digital and Social Development Officer
Children & Young People in Communities Team
Phone: 01384 573381
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There is a clear shortage of SEN educational provision for our children. Resulting in our children being allocated in mainstream school. What is Dudley going to do to ensure our children have a right to access education in specialist provision? 
There is a clear need for more MLD and SLD settings are they going to extend or build more? 

Q2  My child is currently in mainstream primary school but his needs are such that he will require specialist provisional for his older years (high school) I do not want the fight to get a place. I would like a smooth supportive transition to receive this. How
 do they propose in planning/preparing and allocating children these spaces. 

Q3. What are they going to do to ensure effective communication with us as parents and our childs school? 

Q4. How are they going to invest in our community to provide better SEN services that are accessible?

I myself work with children and the past year have witnessed the strain on SEYS who are incredible. but due to the pressures and cuts children are only receiving one term of outreach support which is 1 hour a week with a specialist TA and 1 hour with a specialist teacher. ( in which sometimes they are unable to attend due to meetings)
How do they plan to improve this ? Because a term is really not benefitting a child with SEN. Just as they build up trust and a relationship with them they loose the support.

Q6.How are they / are they going to support mainstream provision to provide better SEN for our children? Because it is frightening how little mainstream schools know how to meet the needs of SEN children and some are very old school and outdated.
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No support Since turning 17 all services ceased, wanted assessment by social services to get help as not independent but got passed between adult and child services nobody able to give support 
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The transition from school to college is hard enough for SEN students - need referrals to services outside college times for issues like being independent etc students becoming socially isolated, causing anxiety because support from outreach services stop at 16. 
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Chris Bateman
Questions I submitted after the meeting 27/09/19

(This wasn't a question but a rant.)
We were told that Dudley spends 4% on early years compared to 2% nationally and you're not sure we're getting enough back for that. I stated this was nonsense, that SEYS is brilliant and the best service the council provides. That money spent on young children can save money when they're older. That early intervention is crucial. That they shouldn't cut money from its budget to spend elsewhere etc etc.

Why hasn't Pens Meadow got its move?
Why was The Brier refused permission to build a new block to house an additional 50 pupils?
Why wasn't The Brier allowed to expand to cater for 16-19 year olds?
We need at least one additional MLD and one additional SLD school. Why isn't the council investing in them?
Why has Pens Meadow got a waiting list (11 kids waiting for a place)?
Why are no Band B children getting admitted to the MLD schools now? Where is the parental choice?

I had another rant about the comment that many children could reasonably wait until Year 7 before needing a special school place. I pointed out that children with ASD, for example, benefit from the environment a special school provides and that it's not just about learning subjects but social skills and they benefit from being with their peers. Again, it's a question of parental choice.

That's all I can remember.
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I agree already there are so many children that  are damaged before year 7 by inadequate mainstream schooling that if more Sen children had to wait for a place in a sen school or base  that before reaching year 7 they would be out of school in no state to ever return! We do not have to many SEN places in Dudley,., we infact do not have enough of the right Sen provision! 
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