Southern Rail Hell
In the same week that rail users here in East Surrey are being hit by fare increases of 1.8% they are also having to suffer an appalling reduced timetable due to industrial action with the prospect of virtually no trains running at all next week. This is on top of 18 months of shocking service. Your local Liberal Democrats are calling on Chris Grayling the Transport Secretary and Sam Gyimah the local Conservative MP to act now to resolve the issues we face here in East Surrey.
Special Needs Education in Surrey slammed by Ofsted and CQC
Chris Botten, Leader of Tandridge Lib Dems writes:
It will come as no surprise to head teachers and many parents that provision for children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) in Surrey has been heavily criticised by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.
Following a joint inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission conducted during October this year, a number of serious criticisms have been set out which require a Written Statement of Action to Ofsted to set out how Surrey will tackle serious areas of weakness.
As an experienced Chair of Governors in a number of Surrey Schools I have been concerned for some time that the processes for the identification of special needs for Surrey children, and the delays in plans for meeting those needs, have frustrated parents and head teachers alike.
Now Ofsted and the CQC have confirmed those concerns and require a plan of action to resolve them.
Lib Dems hold Valley ward!
Dorinda Cooper had retained the (Caterham) Valley seat on Tandridge District Council which was previously held by long-standing councillor, Jill Caudle.
Dorinda's result improved the Lib Dem share by nearly 17% taken equally from the Conservatives and Labour.
Jill Caudle vacated the seat following her relocation to Wiltshire but returned to her old stomping ground to help Dorinda's campaign.
Dorinda joins Lib Dem councillor Alun Jones as the two representatives of Valley ward.
Surrey headteachers express 'vehement opposition' to grammar schools plan
Government plans to expand selective education are facing fierce opposition in the Tory heartland of Surrey where more than 60 secondary school headteachers have written a letter of protest to the prime minister and her education secretary.
All 64 headteachers of Surrey’s state-maintained secondary schools – including academies, free schools, community schools and faith-based schools – signed the letter to Theresa May and Justine Greening expressing their “vehement opposition” to more grammar schools, attacking the 'nostalgic and unrealstic' proposal to expand selective education.