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  • Children
    Article: Dec 16, 2017

    Text of my letter to Norfolk's Director of Children's Services:


    Dear Sara

    You will recall the last meeting of the Children's Services Committee revealed an astonishing increase in the number of children being home-schooled in Norfolk. You no doubt also heard the Chief Inspector of Schools this morning highlight this as a concern in relation to how schools are 'managing' children with special educational needs.
    At the committee meeting I asked if there was any discernible pattern in the number of exclusions between different types of school and the answer was no. However, I wonder if you could investigate this further and take into account the pattern of home schooling?
    Obviously I am not questioning home schooling as a legitimate choice for some parents but we clearly have a duty to ensure that schools are not adopting it as a strategy to encourage children who will need an extra investment of resource to support them off their books.
    Could you also give me a summary of the support we are giving to children who are home schooled and how we measure its impact please? I am aware, for example, of the work being done at Erpingham Primary school in this area but I am keen to understand what the council's strategy is in relation to both supporting children who are home schooled and ensuring that such decisions are being made with the best interests of the children in mind.
    Thank you and best regards
    Ed Maxfield
    Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Mundesley Division
  • Article: Dec 11, 2017

    At today's meeting of the full council at County Hall, I moved a motion to exempt young care leavers from Council Tax as a way of helping them to move successfully into independence. The motion is in support of the Children's Society campaign to give care leavers a fair start.

    https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-you-can-do/campaign-for-change/a-fairer-start-for-care-leavers

  • Swafield Rise
    Article: Dec 9, 2017

    Plans have been announced for a big new housing development on the northern edge of North Walsham.

    You can read more about it here.

    Decisions about planning are made by North Norfolk District Council but the County Council has a say on things like the impact on schools and roads. I have writtent to Swafield Parish Council to ask if they have any concerns about the plans increasing traffic through the village.

  • Watson Watt Gardens
    Article: Dec 3, 2017

    Residents have been working for a long time to get the play area at Watson Watt Gardens, Mundesley improved.

    A couple of weeks ago I met with a member of the Parish Council to hear about the work she has been doing to get the District Council to take the issue seriously. She reported the broken fence to NNDC but it has still not been repaired. I also wrote to the NNDC officer asking for action to help campaigners get improvements to play equipments. Sadly I have still not had a reply. I will keep pressing to get action.