Warning – this letter may cause offence!
What a to-do over the name “Ring’s End” (Citizen, September 16)! At least it wasn’t called “Cumbers Bank”, “Faccombe” or “Titty Hill”!
Fortunately, to tame it down, we have “Little Snoring” in Norfolk.
Please just chill out a bit
I do so enjoy reading P Davis’ extensively researched, clever and articulate contributions to our local political discourse on the Readers’ Views page (Under fire, September 9) but it’s sad s/he always sounds so angry. It is suggested in psychology circles that anger is a response to something frightening, so maybe P Davis is fearful that, with a majority of just 12 seats, the Conservative party could easily be ousted at the next General Election by a ‘so far left wing it’s not true’, ‘Marxist’ Corbyn government.
Please P Davis, just chill out a bit, you’ve got just under five wonderful years to enjoy your team ruining, sorry I mean, running the country.
I would like to respond to the suggestion ‘Vote Corbyn and the Labour Party is over’ in the September 9 letter. Like him or loathe him, Corbyn has coherent anti-austerity policies which will now get plenty of exposure in the House of Commons.
This strong opposition will directly challenge the Government’s ideologically based mean-spirited austerity ‘measures’ and their devious attempt to punish the public for the mistakes of a financial system that has now gone rogue – an economic system that is so aptly nicknamed Bankster economics.
Like him or loathe him, Corbyn has been like a breath of fresh air to British politics and I really hope this fantastic momentum continues and inspires even more people to become active voters for whichever party they support.
SEN students have rights
I am writing to voice my alarm and disgust at articles I have read relating to cuts in Children’s Services at Norfolk County Council. I am amazed at committee chairman James Joyce’s quotes, especially the ones relating to children with special educational needs being sent to local mainstream schools, and the possibility of cutting transport.
My son is severely autistic, has mild learning disability and ADHD. He goes to a school 26 miles away from where we live and his transport is provided by county. He has to travel this far to school because it is the nearest one to us with the appropriate facilities, fully trained staff and is the best educational establishment to meet all his needs. Yes, he is severely disabled, but he has a right to the correct education for him.
While only seven, his needs meant a highly specialised unit was the only way he could move forward. He is just one of many children in Norfolk who need to be educated outside of mainstream and to say that sending some children with SEN to mainstream would save money in transport costs is offensive and ludicrous.
All children have the right to be educated in the best place for them and cannot simply be shuffled along to mainstream. Schools are already under increasing strain in coping with those with SEN who are able to stay in the mainstream system.
Government changes to statements have been clouded as being the best for the child but in many cases the change has merely brought in savings as teaching assistant funding has been cut. How would these mainstream schools cope with children with SEN that really should be in a specialist unit or a complex needs school? More importantly how would the families of these children cope with the stress and upset such a situation would no doubt cause?
Mr Joyce says he wants to help with early intervention, helping families early on to help prevent crisis situations. I can tell you that sending SEN students to mainstream despite their needs because that school is close to home will lead you to a whole new crisis with children being taken out of school as families fall apart under the strain.
I am all for inclusion and for some it works, for some it works up to a point and then the move to complex needs has to take place.
The county has many schools who do their very best for their SEN students so my comments are not a dig at our mainstream schools.