Steve visits Selly Oak Trust School

Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe today paid a visit to Selly Oak Trust School to meet with year 10 and 6th Form pupils to take part in a Question Time event where youngsters demonstrated a wide knowledge of current affairs and concerns. Questions ranged from: Why has Educational Maintenance Allowance been abolished? What will happen to our school transport? Are the cuts going to affect our school? What does an MP do and how much are you paid? Did Labour leave the country in debt? Have you met David Cameron and what do you think of him?

Steve McCabe said, “Selly Oak Trust is a unique school. It provides a really first rate education for youngsters with a wide variety of special needs and their questions were every bit as challenging as I’ve found anywhere else. I was particularly struck by one young woman, called Mel who is an enthusiastic tennis player, who wanted to know why tennis is not a recognised sport for the London Paralympics Games in 2012. I have to confess that she had me stumped and I think I’m going to put down a parliamentary question to get the answer she deserves.”

Selly Oak Trust School is the largest special needs school in the country. There are real concerns that Birmingham LEA’s controversial proposals to end school transport for many of the pupils who come from all over Birmingham will deprive the youngsters of their right to attend the school that best suits their needs. Steve McCabe has already consulted with parents on the issue and is urging the LEA to think again about this very short sighted economy and the damage it will do.


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