Local Government Chronicle: Ofsted: Special educational needs support ‘disjointed and variable’

5 December 2018
Source: Local Government Chronicle

Ofsted has criticised the numbers of children with special educational needs and disabilities Ofstead Logo(SEND) not receiving adequate support and raised serious concerns over the number of vulnerable children being excluded from school.

In her annual report today, Ofsted’s chief inspector of education and children’s services Amanda Spielman said the quality of support for children with SEND is “disjointed and variable” with 30 of the 68 areas inspected ordered to make improvements.

“Critically, the gap in performance and outcomes for children with SEND is widening between the best and local areas,” she said.

The report added that “in too many cases the capacity for improvement does not exist with a lack of the right resources, a qualified workforce and strong leadership”.

Ms Spielman said there was a continuing trend of rising exclusions among children with SEND and mental health needs not being supported, while children and young people with autism are waiting up to two years to be diagnosed and receive no education during this period.

Read the full story on the LGC website

Further analysis on the Guardian website

 

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