Podcast: Boy, 5, from Strood with SEN left without a school place as mum is told there ‘aren’t enough teachers’

A Medway mum has told the podcast she fears for her son’s future, because he’s been left without a school place.

Five-year-old Louie has learning difficulties and autism. He was due to go to Abbey Court in Strood but it’s now been revealed there aren’t enough teachers. Kelly Smith says it is an awful situation.

Also in today’s episode, we’ve got reaction next to news that parking charges are set to increase to as much as £3.70 an hour in some of Kent’s coastal towns.

Canterbury City Council are looking at putting up prices as well as scrapping free parking concessions in parts of Herne Bay and Whitstable.

Students at the University of Kent have started a petition to save their courses from being cut.

As many as nine areas of study are a risk, as well as 58 staff, at the Medway and Canterbury campuses due to financial pressures.

A fundraiser has been launched to help a therapy dog from Chatham who has broken his leg .

Skippy started as mental health support at Maundene Primary School after the pandemic but was injured during a PE lesson.

In sport, it’s been revealed Gillingham midfielder Dom Jefferies is set to be out for two months after tearing a thigh muscle.

The 21-year-old missed the game against Walsall at the weekend – hear from head coach Stephen Clemence.