My ref: EO/27
7 November 2018
Circular No. NP/238/18
TO: THE SECRETARY
ALL BRANCHES & REGIONAL COUNCILS
DAY OF ACTION FOR DISABILITY EQUALITY IN EDUCATION: 21 NOVEMBER 2018
There are over 2 million disabled students attending nursery, school, colleges and universities in England and at least 150,000 disabled education staff. Budget cuts of around 9% in real terms are forcing schools to make difficult choices cutting support staff especially teaching assistants and mentors and leading to larger classes. This makes meeting the needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) more difficult.
In response to the increasing difficulties faced by disabled students and staff, a day of action has been called on Wednesday 21 November supported by education trade unions and disability campaign groups. Local activities are taking place across the country and there will be a parliamentary meeting (details below and attached). The organisers are particularly keen for parents and carers who are directly affected to join in with this day of activities.
If you have any queries regarding the above, please do contact our Equal Opportunities Officer, Jess Webb, firstname.lastname@example.org