Recent statements in this category are shown below:
Statement Not upheld Alternative provision 10-Mar-2020
Summary: Ms M complains her three youngest children have been out of school since June 2018. The Council is taking steps to ensure the children return to education. The Council proposes to respond to Ms M's complaint once her children are back in education. If Ms M is unhappy with the Council's response, she can complain to the Ombudsman again.
Statement Upheld Alternative provision 07-Feb-2020
Summary: The Council was at fault for failing to provide Y a suitable education when his anxiety meant he could not go to school. The Council has agreed to pay Miss X a financial remedy for the education that Y has missed. It will also remind staff of the responsibility to assess the academic needs of children unable to access education and where necessary provide alternative education.
Statement Upheld Alternative provision 05-Feb-2020
Summary: There was fault by the Council in failing to provide education to a child who, due to anxiety and depression, could only attend school intermittently. There was also fault in the Council's commissioning arrangements for alternative education and its advice to schools. This caused the complainants distress, loss of education and unnecessary legal fees. The complaint is upheld
Statement Upheld Alternative provision 31-Jan-2020
Summary: Mr X complained about the Council's provision of alternative education when his daughter was absent from school for medical reasons. The Council was at fault for delays in arranging alternative provision. However, the education provided by the Council was suitable. The content of the work provided by the school is outside of the Ombudsman's jurisdiction.
Statement Upheld Alternative provision 17-Jan-2020
Summary: Ms X complained the Council failed to ensure her daughter, D, received a suitable education from February to July 2019 when she was not in school and failed to carry out her annual review according to the statutory timescales. The Council was at fault for not ensuring a suitable education for D from June to July 2019. It should make a financial payment to remedy the injustice this caused D. I have not investigated Ms X's complaint that the Council failed to carry out D's annual review within the statutory timescales.
Statement Upheld Alternative provision 11-Dec-2019
Summary: Mrs X complains the Council failed to provide suitable educational provision for her daughter and delayed in dealing with her complaint. Mrs X says this caused daughter to fall behind with her education and her behaviour to deteriorate. From the evidence provided, the Ombudsman finds fault with the Council as it failed to provide adequate educational provision for Mrs X's daughter. The Council has agreed to the Ombudsman's recommendations to remedy the injustice caused.
Statement Upheld Alternative provision 04-Dec-2019
Summary: Miss Y complained the Council failed to provide suitable full-time education to her child, D, who cannot attend school because of anxiety. The Council was at fault. It delayed ensuring D received a suitable education and so D has missed out on a year of school. The Council has agreed to make a payment to acknowledge the loss of education and ensure a suitable plan is in place for D's education. It has also agreed to review its policies to ensure appropriate education is in place for those who are out of school for reasons other than illness.
Statement Upheld Alternative provision 03-Dec-2019
Summary: Mr X complains that the Council failed to provide his son with education for four months and there were delays handling his complaint. He says this meant his son missed out on education and exacerbated his illness. He says he had to provide his son with education. He says this caused worry, stress and inconvenience. The Ombudsman does not find fault with the Council about the child missing education. However, the Ombudsman finds fault with the Council for delays in handling Mr X's complaint. This caused Mr X injustice. We are satisfied with the action the Council has already taken to remedy this injustice.
Statement Upheld Alternative provision 25-Nov-2019
Summary: fault by the Council meant B did not receive education for six weeks following his permanent exclusion from school.
Statement Upheld Alternative provision 21-Nov-2019
Summary: Miss X complains the Council failed to provide suitable education to her son Y following his exclusion. The Ombudsman finds the Council at fault and recommends it provides an apology and makes a payment for loss of education.