The LEA is strongly in favour of delegation. I am vehemently opposed. It is to the LEA's credit that it has given me a 20-minute slot to make my case.
So far I have spent three hours writing my presentation and it is beginning to resemble James Joyce's Ulysses in length and impenetrability.
I seem to have talked about nothing else but special needs delegation for the past six months - to colleagues, family, the cats. I am adopting a stream of consciousness technique of simply writing down all the arguments I can think of for retaining special educational needs money centrally.
The next stage will be to edit it into some coherent form and pare it down.
I shall then practice reading it aloud - slowly. "Don't be strident," advises my husband. He's right, of course. "Don't be sarcastic." Hmm, more difficult.
With the might of the LEA waged against me, this is a real David and Goliath situation. But then again, David won in the end, didn't he?