Ofsted report says children with SEND were failed for years
OF all Bristol City Council’s many failings, its performance on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision must be at or near the top of the list.
It is shocking that 190 children with special needs do not have a place at a specialist school because the council has failed to provide enough places.
Of these, 177 children must attend a mainstream school and 13 children have no place at all.
This is devastating for the children and their families. The parents of SEND children often feel isolated and much of their time and energy is spent supporting their children, who often have complex needs and difficulties.
A report by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission in December 2019 highlighted that children with SEND in Bristol had been failed for years.
One of the most serious scandals to emerge from the report is the unacceptable delay in compiling specialist education, health and care plans (ECHPs) for children.
Because there is a lack of school places for SEND children, council officials had delayed confirming ECHP statements to limit the number of children legally entitled to a place at a specialist school.
In view of this report I would suggest that the cabinet member responsible for Education and Skills should consider her position.
In 2018 the council was forced to restore £5 million to its SEND budget after losing a High Court case against parents who challenged the council’s decision to cut funding. And yet the council can find £40 million to support a failed energy company.
This illustrates the distorted priorities of the Labour controlled administration. Jonathan Hucker Conservative candidate, Stockwood Ward