I teach at a Pupil Referral Unit in Norfolk, and am a Senco. As such I am required to study for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. Imagine my horror when I was told that although I'd registered on the course, I cannot access the same funding as my mainstream colleagues. Why? Because I work in a PRU. This makes no sense. I work with vulnerable children, often with complex social, emotional and learning needs. Already excluded, they are the hardest group to fight for for re-integration. Surely they have a right to the most highly trained staff? Is this another way to save money at the expense of those with the least voice?
Sarah Gentle, Advisory support teacher, near Great Yarmouth.