Special educational needs


Recent statements in this category are shown below:

  • Leeds City Council (17 018 053)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 14-Jan-2019

    Summary: The Council did not make or consider making alternative education provision for Ms X's son, Y, after it had directed a school to offer him a place and there was a delay of around two months in making the arrangements for this placement to commence. This amounts to fault and the Council will take action to recognise the injustice this caused.

  • Newcastle upon Tyne City Council (18 007 248)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 14-Jan-2019

    Summary: There was fault in the Council's handling of an Education, Health and Care plan review for a disabled child, and in particular its decision about the administration of her emergency medicine on school transport. The Council will now ensure she is accompanied by an adult who can administer her medicine, and has also agreed to apologise for its poor handling of the complaint.

  • Suffolk County Council (18 007 551)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 10-Jan-2019

    Summary: Mrs B complains the Council delayed identifying a school place for her son, failed to arrange transport for his first day at school, delayed transferring her son's education, health and care plan and delayed considering her complaint. There is no fault in how the Council arranged the school place. However, the Council failed to consider alternative provision until a place was available, failed to arrange transport for the first day at school, delayed putting in place provision and delayed considering the complaint. This led to Mrs B having to go to time and trouble to pursue her complaint, led to her having to take a day off work and left her uncertain about whether her son could have received additional support from May 2018. An apology, payment to Mrs B, an amount to reflect her son's lost provision, review of the transport procedure and reminder to officers is satisfactory remedy for the injustice caused.

  • Surrey County Council (17 020 457)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 09-Jan-2019

    Summary: The Council took eleven weeks too long to assess X's needs following an order by the Tribunal. This caused transferred delay as X's education healthcare plan was issued later than it should have been. The Council funded some part-time alternative provision in the meantime, at a level which professionals felt was suitable for X's needs. However, it did not consider whether X was able to access full-time provision when it received confirmation that he was again out of school in December 2017. The Council will remedy the injustice this caused with the actions outlined at the end of this statement.

  • Brighton & Hove City Council (17 009 277)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 08-Jan-2019

    Summary: Mrs X complained about the Council's failure to ensure support in her son's Education Health and Care Plan was put in place. The Council was at fault in failing to ensure some of the provision was in place. The Council has agreed to make a payment to recognise the loss of support. This is a suitable remedy.

  • London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (18 010 529)

    Statement Not upheld Special educational needs 07-Jan-2019

    Summary: Mrs X complained that the Council forced her to appeal twice to the Tribunal during the process of issuing her son's Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan and then conceded the matters being appealed before the hearings took place. Mrs X says this needlessly delayed the issuing of her son's EHC Plan. There was no fault in time the Council took to issue her son's EHC Plan. And I do not have the jurisdiction to investigate Mrs X's complaint that the Council twice conceded her appeal.

  • Derbyshire County Council (18 001 908)

    Statement Not upheld Special educational needs 04-Jan-2019

    Summary: Mr X complains the Council failed to carry out a needs assessment when it converted a Statement of Educational Needs to an Education, Health and Care Plan. He says this has led to 18 months of wrong provision for his daughter, Y. However, the matter is outside our jurisdiction as Mr X appealed to a statutory tribunal.

  • London Borough of Bexley (18 002 932)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 21-Dec-2018

    Summary: The Council was at fault in delaying transferring Ms X's son onto an Education Health and Care Plan and putting support in place for him. The Council has agreed a suitable remedy.

  • London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (18 007 626)

    Statement Not upheld Special educational needs 21-Dec-2018

    Summary: Ms X complains the Council has failed to provide her son Y with any form of education for over a year. She says it issued him a final Education, Health and Care Plan in December 2017 but did not name an educational setting or placement. The Ombudsman has discontinued the investigation into this complaint as Ms X started court action about the matters she has complained about.

  • Kent County Council (18 007 609)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 20-Dec-2018

    Summary: Mrs X complains of delays by the Council in issuing final amended EHC Plans for her son Y, causing stress to the family. The delays in issuing the amended EHC Plans have not caused Y significant injustice.

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