Contact the Secretary of State for Education

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson MP, is ultimately responsible for the funding of Special Educational Needs and Disability education in Derby. Writing to the Secretary of State is a great way to show how much this issue means to you and call for it to be to taken seriously.

We've written a model letter you might like to base your message to the Secretary of State on. It'll have more impact if your letter has personal touches though, so please explain why this issue is important to you.

Dear Mr Williamson,

I am writing to you to voice my concern about the Government's significant underfunding of special needs education. In Derby the Council are projecting a £4 million funding gap in the High Needs Block this financial year alone. And this is expected to rise over the coming years by around £2 Million per year. That's not the way to support our children, their teachers and our schools.

Derby City Council will be taking £1.6million from the general school budget, the "Schools Block" this financial year to subsidise the provision of special needs education. Surely Government needs to fund special needs education properly so that this is not necessary? Children should not have to compete for the funding required to ensure they get the quality of education they need.

I urge you and the Prime Minister to urgently address this underfunding so our children get the kind of education services they deserve.

To do anything less would be shameful.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name here]

Contact the Secretary of State for Education