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Special needs children miss classes amid 'shambolic' transport row

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A city pupil has missed one of his first days back in the classroom after his mum said she was left to deal with “shambolic” transport plans.

As kids head back for a new school year, parents of children with special educational needs have complained of travel plans being changed at the last minute without adequate warning.

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 to the last minute. It was very disruptive for Luke........

© Norwich Evening News

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