This week you may have read news about potential cuts to the number of health visitors working in Suffolk. Unfortunately, this isn’t the whole story – not even close - so I wanted to set the record straight and explain how these proposals are designed to have a very positive impact on the lives of children, young people and families in Suffolk.
Earlier this year, at our full council meeting on 21 March, Suffolk County Council declared a Climate Emergency and only a matter of weeks later, MPs in Westminster approved a motion to declare an Environment and Climate Emergency on a national scale.
On 21 May, it was announced that Ofsted inspectors have awarded Children’s Services at Suffolk County Council the top grade of ‘Outstanding' following their visit in April 2019. Only eight other Local Authorities, out of 152, have been judged to be ‘Outstanding’ overall.
Suffolk, like many other local authorities, faces a large increase in demand for placements for a variety of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Suffolk’s SEND Sufficiency Plan (2018) identified that the number of children and young people with SEND will increase by 18% between 2017 and 2020. This compares to an overall growth in the school age population in Suffolk of 4%.
On 16 April 2019, Suffolk County Council reported that it had received 7,505 applications from parents indicating which primary school they would prefer their child to be educated at in Reception for this year.
With over 120 walks and events the 2019 Suffolk Walking Festival is shaping up to be to the most creative and ambitious to date. This year’s Festival, the 12th to date, launches on Saturday 11 May at West Stow Country Park.
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