Due to unforeseen circumstances our Autumn 1 newsletter will be delayed in going out and will be posted the first week back after half term.
We hope you have a good half term and we look forward to seeing you all back on the 29th October for our next ‘Charter Day’. Please note that there will be a slightly later start (10.15am) for students for this day only.
Message shared on behalf of Portsmouth City Council:
'Are you the parent/carer of a child with special educational needs and/or disability? You are invited to take part in consultations being undertaken by Portsmouth City Council on Home to School Transport and Short Breaks. These can be found on the Portsmouth Local Offer website at www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org
The consultations close on Monday 20th March at 10am.
Please find below a summary of each of the consultations and the links to the surveys.
Short Breaks consultation - we want to hear from you
Some families with children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities are eligible for assistance with Short Breaks which are provided at two levels dependent on need and eligibility.
However like all councils, we’re facing further cuts to the money we get from the government and in the next three financial years we need to make £24m of savings from our £117m net controllable spend. This is in addition to £86m of savings already made in the last six years.
As part of the budget savings that the council need to make we're reviewing how we provide our Level 1 Targeted Short Break Service - which is accessed directly by parents and carers for all children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability.
In order to help us review this service we have launched a consultation and we'd like to hear your views on how we can save 10% from this budget.
Please access the consultation survey on line via the following link and tell us what you think: https://www.research.net/r/PCCShortBreak
Our Level 2 Service which is accessed by parent/carer self-referral or a referral by a lead professional from education, health and social care will remain unchanged.
Home to School/College Transport consultation - we want to hear from you
One of our statutory duties as a council is to provide transport to children and young persons of school age who are eligible for assisted school transport. However like all councils, we’re facing further cuts to the money we get from the government and in the next three financial years we need to make £24m of savings from our £117m net controllable spend. This is in addition to £86m of savings already made in the last six years.
Against this backdrop our home to school transport service has been overspent for a number of years - so in order to keep within our budget we need to review the way we deliver home to school/college transport.
We want to hear from residents, parents and carers their views on the potential changes we could make to the service to help us to run it more efficiently.
Please access the consultation survey on line via the following link and tell us what you think: https://www.research.net/r/PCCTRANSPORT