The council recently carried out a review of its SEND transport providers and contracts. Through this process some changes were proposed to SEND transport providers.
Some families who would be affected by these changes have raised concerns about these changes. We understand that this has been an incredibly difficult year for our SEND families and community due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We would like to apologise for any upset caused to our SEND families.
Families have told us that the proposed changes have created uncertainty. We are clear we would not want to add to any of the stress this year has posed.
Having listened to the concerns raised by families we have paused the review of SEND transport providers and contracts and can confirm that no changes to current provision will take place in this academic year. We will be in touch to confirm arrangements in the next few days. This will be through phone calls to families. We will also be writing to all families who have been affected.
Councils are required by law to regularly look at their contracts and providers. One reason for doing this is to ensure that we are getting the best value for the public money we spend. Listening to the feedback from parents and families, this process will now happen in time for the new school year in 2021.
We have recently launched our co-production charter and we want to work in an open, and transparent way with our community. We will keep our SEND families informed of developments as the year progresses.
For further enquiries please contact: SEND-IP@stockport.gov.uk
Director of Education