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(UK) Bedfordshire: SPED parents protest; no school places for 52 special needs kids

June 23, 2022, Biggleswadde Today: Protest planned as inspection of Central Beds Council's special educational needs and disability service takes place https://www.biggleswadetoday.co.uk/education/protest-planned-as-inspection-of-central-beds-councils-special-educational-needs-and-disability-service-takes-place-3743198

North of London Placard-waving parents are planning a protest outside Central Bedfordshire Council’s headquarters next month, when a reinspection begins of the local authority’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision.

It will be the second time families have gathered outside the council’s Chicksands base to show the strength of feeling over the slow pace of change in CBC’s and BLMK CCG’s SEND offer.

They lined up 52 pairs of shoes outside the building in September, one for each child without a place for the start of the academic year….
The Central Bedfordshire SEND action group is planning the protest and inviting families and their friends to attend.

It said on its social media site: “Parents are organising a protest to show Ofsted that nothing has changed and that the strength of feeling around these issues are still just as strong.

“We’ll be meeting outside Priory House at 10am on the first day of the Ofsted revisit. Feel free to bring a placard or just stand quietly if you prefer.”

The group is urging its supporters to invite “absolutely anyone who cares about CBC’s catastrophic failure of SEND children”.

CBC’s director of children services Sarah-Jane Smedmor said: “Since the inspection, we’ve undertaken significant work with parent carers, partners and other stakeholders to make improvements for children and young people with SEND.

“Ofsted and the CQC are keen to gain the views of our parent carers, as this will help shape their understanding of our progress as a local area.”

SEND protest outside Central Beds Council's headquarters