Inclusive education campaigners are supporting par

first_imgInclusive education campaigners are supporting parents and their disabled children today (Thursday) as they take part in marches around the country to highlight the special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding crisis.Parents are calling for reform of the SEND system, increased funding, and improved accountability and assessment, as well as an end to a culture which “encourages the blaming, shaming and dismissal of parents of young people with SEND”.Marches are set to take place across England and Wales, in more than 25 locations including Liverpool, Yorkshire, Sussex, Birmingham, Derby, Reading and Widnes, with one leading to the handover of a petition in Downing Street.The SEND National Crisis campaign has been set up by two parents of disabled children, and it has been backed by The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), which said disabled pupils had been increasingly excluded from schools and pushed out of mainstream education.Simone Aspis (pictured), ALLFIE’s policy and campaigns coordinator, said: “The funding cuts are creating rife disablism and disability-related discrimination in our mainstream education system.“For the first time in history, more disabled pupils with [education, health and care plans] are being educated in special schools than in mainstream ones.“This needs to stop right now – this government has a duty to promote inclusive education among disabled pupils.”Nadia Turki, one of the founders of SEND National Crisis, said: “We have decided to act instead of repeatedly say the words ‘we need to do something’.“I’ve been saying this for almost two years now and nothing has changed to the effect of making a positive difference to education provisions and access for disabled children and young people.“We believe that now is the time to stand together and let our voices and the voices of our young people be heard.”She added: “This crisis is leaving thousands of individuals emotionally and physically exhausted due to the direct failings of our local authorities and the discrimination faced when trying to access their fundamental right to an education.“There are so many of us struggling and battling an unfair system for our children or the people we care for and it is an exhausting process that hammers us into the ground daily.”Next month, ALLFIE is also supporting a judicial review case being taken at the high court by three families with disabled children.The families believe inadequate government funding is not allowing councils to fulfil their legal obligations to support disabled pupils.ALLFIE wants the court to make “an explicit declaration” that the government’s level of funding of SEND is unlawful because it fails to provide the support that disabled pupils need to “flourish within mainstream education on a par with their non-disabled peers”.It also wants new guidance that will make it clear that the government has to ensure sufficient funding for schools and councils to fulfil their legal duties to “promote the presumption of mainstream education free from disability-related discrimination”.In response to plans for the march, children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “Our ambition is for every child, no matter the challenges they face, to have access to a world class education that sets them up for life.“Funding for the high needs budget is a priority for this government and we know that councils and schools are facing pressures – that’s why in December, we provided an extra £250 million up to 2020 to help manage these costs.“This takes the total amount that we have allocated for high needs funding to £6.3 billion this year, compared to £5 billion in 2013.“At the same time, the education secretary has been clear that we are working closely with the sector as we approach the spending review, we have launched a call for evidence to make sure the funding system is getting money to the right places at the right time and we are revising the SEND code of practice to improve ways to identify and meet special educational needs.”His department said it also planned to spend £31.6 million to train more educational psychologists, who play an important role in identifying special educational needs and contributing to education, health and care needs assessments.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

WANT to know whats happening in the Saints Supers

first_imgWANT to know what’s happening in the Saints Superstore?In a new regular slot we catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law to get the very latest from the Club’s retail hub.Feedback on Saints new kits for 2014 has been very positive. Both shirts have sold very well in the run up to Christmas with the Home Shirt “Red Vee” edging sales. Demand for the Away Kit in Kids’ sizes has exceeded all expectationsPlenty of shirts are currently left in stock to get yourself kitted out for the new season ahead.Hat’s Off To Our Saints’ Fans! The store trialled some new design hats in the run up to Christmas using alternative suppliers and they have proved very popular with fans young and old.Make sure you get yourself all wrapped up for match nights at Langtree Park and beyond.V Is Definitely For Value: 2014 Season Ticket Holders can produce their Season Ticket to obtain 10% off all Saints Kit, Trainingwear and Souvenirs for the 2014 Season. With value like that it makes even more sense to get yourself a Season Ticket.Pro Training Jerseys: Players will be warming up on match nights wearing the latest addition to the ISC Trainingwear range (pictured). This is a similar construction and weight to our replica shirt and the attractive Royal and Carbon design has already proved very popular. This is available in strictly limited in numbers (Adult Sizes only), so get yours now and really look the part.Heroes One And All: The printing machine at Saints Superstore was full steam ahead following the kit launch… and the new squad list… with fans getting their hero’s names firmly fixed to the back of their new shirts.There was also some other stranger printing requests… some of which were censored… and some old faithfuls like “Daddy 1” and “Grandpa” etc.The leader of the pack in terms of the number of shirts printed was Masoe 8, closely followed by Roby 9, and Soliola 11 whilst other new signings Amor 16 and Walsh 7 have already built up a following.We have also seen a significant number of requests for PRESCOTT 1, following the sad passing of ex Saints player Steve in early November.Don’t forget you can get your players name on your shirt next time you visit the store. Even if you have bought it already, we are happy to print using official Super League Letters and Numbers.New Year New Look: We are pleased to announce that a brand new look Webstore is currently in the last stages of production and testing and is expected to be completed by the end of January 2014.Look out for your new look Saints webstore coming soon!last_img read more

OUR Player of the Month networking event continues

first_imgOUR Player of the Month networking event continues this Thursday.Sponsored by Stapleton Derby, delegates can hear from inspirational speakers and congratulate the Player Of The Month before enjoying a session of networking with fellow guests.Then, they are free to watch the side’s final training run through before they take on Huddersfield.The event gets underway at 8:30am with breakfast.To find out more and to book, click here or email Gary Wilton.last_img