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CEO’s Blog – 25th November 2022

CEO’s Blog – 25th November 2022 In exactly one month’s time, it will be Christmas Day, the second Christmas since COVID-19 restrictions ended.   It is amazing to think how quickly that time has passed, and how well our children, young people and staff teams have...

Remembering Joan Readyhough

CEO's Blog - 18th November 2022 Remembering Joan Readyhough  Joan Readyhough13th May 1932 - 22nd October 2022 In recent months, I have been using my blog to celebrate the achievements, learning and experiences of our children and young people throughout the MAT and...

CEO’s Blog – 11th November

    CEO's Blog - 11th November   After a couple of weeks when celebration has been on everyone's minds, where we have seen religious celebrations like Diwali take place, as well as other traditional events such as Bonfire Night and Halloween, it has...

Young Enterprise Business Group

Young Enterprise Business Group We are a Young Enterprise Business Group who make personalised products and sell them at a reasonable price. This year, we are Tintastic.  We upcycle used tins, customise them, and sell them at a low price. We can make readily made...

CEO’s Blog – 4th November 2022

CEO’s Blog – 4th November 2022   Have fun, but be careful!   Autumn 2 is well underway and with Bonfire Night happening this weekend, the message this week has to be ‘have fun, but be careful…’   Fireworks aren’t for everyone, but for those of you who will...


I listened, this morning, to Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Schools, with utter dismay.

How she can publicly say that the financial pressures faced by schools are not having an impact upon standards really tells me that Ofsted are living in some parallel universe!

If it wasn’t for the absolute commitment and resilience of our staff teams, there is absolutely no doubt that standards would be dropping.

I’d really welcome the opportunity to show Ms Spielman around all our organisations to observe the time our staff spend supporting our learners. The lack of break times, working over lunches, starting at 7.30am, working in the evening, using their own money to buy simple resources, catching up on paperwork in their holidays, covering for absent colleagues – the list goes on and on.

Ms Spielman – your Ofsted inspectors haven’t seen a drop in Ofsted ratings because our staff, in our schools, are desperately propping up a “wounded” system. They do it because they care passionately about our children, their families and our communities. Is it sustainable? Absolutely not!!

We are totally fed up of government rhetoric telling us there is more money than ever going into schools. We were told, on Radio 4, by a DfE spokesperson, that the government is putting more money into supporting children with EHCPs than ever before. Genius. Maybe we’ve more children!! Fact – 253,680 pupils had a statement or EHC plan in January 2018. This is an increase of 11,495 since January 2017. This will equate to more money.

Our staff, our families and our communities are becoming tired of the rhetoric.

In a democracy we need to make our voices heard. As chair of Special Schools’ Voice (SSV) I’ll be writing to all special schools across the country to mobilise letters to MPs. There’s a reality that MPs need to be made aware of.

Rant over. What a way to start the day – I need to listen to Chris Evans!!


Graham is by no means the only voice of warning in the sector – click here to read what Dave Hill, an influential DCS, told members of the education select committee.


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