Education

Council U-turn on speech and language unit closures

Three Suffolk speech and language schools that were earmarked for closure by Suffolk County Council are now set to be converted into specialist units attached to mainstream schools, in what’s been labeled as a ‘huge victory for the parents and campaigners’.

Speech and language schools in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft were facing the axe, with the council proposing to replace the schools with outreach therapists who would work in schools and assist a wider age range.

This proposal sparked outrage amongst parents and now councillors have reversed the decision and decided to put forward a recommendation that the three specialist schools work alongside mainstream schools, enabling them to support a wider age group of children.

Cllr Jack Abbott, Labour spokesman for education at Suffolk County Council said: “This is a huge victory for the parents and campaigners who have worked tirelessly to save these precious speech and language units.”

“I’m pleased they forced the council to finally see sense and U-turn on their plans, but it should never have reached this point,” he continued. “Families have been put under enormous stress for a number of months, anxious about what the future may hold for their children.”

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