over education provision for their children, BBC Radio Four's Today
programme reported this morning.
teaching autistic children, after they were unhappy with the provision
offered by East Sussex. The parents of six children took the case to a
tribunal and lost, but refuse to accept the judgment.
Peter Weston, assistant director of children and young people at East
Sussex, said the provision that the parents wanted was too expensive. 'The
additional cost, if they went to Step by Step instead of one of our special
schools ... is over one and a quarter million pounds.
'That would be the equivalent of a whole class in one of our special schools
that we wouldn't be able to run, or we'd have to put it on the council tax.'
Today reported that East Sussex has the highest incidence of education
appeals outside London.
In contrast, Newham LBC has reduced the number of appeals over the past few
years. James Hourigan, from the counil's special needs team, says this is
due to better communication.
'If councils don't communicate well with parents, parents can feel let down
and over time they begin to mistrust the local authority, so our job is to
keep the communication open.'
Newham's policy is to keep special needs children in mainstream schools