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Special needs children miss school as parents face 'shambolic' transport

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Parents of children with special educational needs say they’ve faced “shambolic” school transport arrangements which have left some children unable to attend lessons.

Families have complained of travel plans being changed at the last minute without adequate warning, while others said they had been left in the dark about arrangements for the start of the school term until the last minute.

Many children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are provided with taxis or minibus places to travel long distances to attend an appropriate school.

Emma Jane Kao, whose autistic son Luke, 14, travels from Great Yarmouth to attend The Wherry School in Norwich, said he had been left unable to get to school on Monday.

“I had been trying to phone the council all weekend because we had heard nothing through the six week holiday. They eventually phoned to say they’d forgotten to renew the contract for the taxi company.

The Wherry School, Norwich, which educates children with autism and opened in September 2017. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

“It’s totally shambolic that it has been left........

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