Special educational needs


Recent statements in this category are shown below:

  • Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council (17 000 159)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 10-Apr-2018

    Summary: The Council took a year too long to issue an EHC Plan for Mrs X's son, Y. It also failed to make some of the provision ordered by the subsequent SEND Tribunal for up to a further year. It will apologise to Mrs X, pay her £2050 and review its practice in adhering to timescales for issuing EHC Plans.

  • Derbyshire County Council (17 014 492)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Special educational needs 09-Apr-2018

    Summary: The Ombudsman cannot investigate Ms M's complaint about the Council's production of an Education Health and Care Plan. This is because a Tribunal is considering the plan.

  • Leeds City Council (17 019 034)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Special educational needs 09-Apr-2018

    Summary: The Ombudsman cannot investigate this complaint about how an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) was produced by the Council. This is because the complainant has exercised her appeal rights to a Tribunal, and this means it is out of the Ombudsman's jurisdiction.

  • Lancashire County Council (17 009 263)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 09-Apr-2018

    Summary: Ms X complained about the Council not providing her son, Y, a full-time education for a year. Y received a part-time education for one year however this was not due to fault by the Council. The Council was at fault when it did not provide ten weeks of religious education, it delayed issuing a statement review outcome letter for three months and delayed transferring Y's statement of special educational needs to an education, health and care plan for one year. The Council was also at fault when it did not deal with Ms X's complaint properly. These faults caused frustration and time and trouble for Ms X, and Y missed ten weeks of religious education. The Council has agreed to apologise to Ms X and Y, pay £250 to Ms X and £200 to Y for his educational benefit. It has also agreed to remind staff of the need to adhere to the statutory timescales relating to EHC plans.

  • London Borough of Sutton (17 009 257)

    Statement Not upheld Special educational needs 09-Apr-2018

    Summary: Mr and Mrs B complained that the Council delayed in producing a final EHCP for Mrs B's son, C. Mr and Mrs B had a right of appeal against the decision in February 2017 not to name a school and I consider this was a reasonable course of action to pursue. I also cannot find fault with the actions of the Council between February and July 2017.

  • Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (17 018 765)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Special educational needs 07-Apr-2018

    Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate Ms B's complaint about the actions of the college and the Council when her daughter was expelled from college. We cannot investigate the actions of the college and it is unlikely we would find fault in the Council's actions.

  • Warwickshire County Council (17 003 602)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 29-Mar-2018

    Summary: the Council delayed issuing a final education, health and care plan and failed to follow government guidance when carrying out reviews. Those failures did not affect the provision to Ms B's daughter. An apology, payment of £500 and a reminder to officers is satisfactory remedy for the injustice caused.

  • Luton Borough Council (17 018 642)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Special educational needs 29-Mar-2018

    Summary: The Ombudsman cannot investigate this complaint about the Council's refusal to refund to the complainant the cost of the legal representative he used in his SEN Tribunal appeal. This is because the matter has been considered by the Tribunal and is therefore out of our jurisdiction.

  • Thurrock Council (17 008 944)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 29-Mar-2018

    Summary: The Council delayed in transferring Mrs X's son onto an Education Health and Care Plan, delayed in responding to a request for a Personal Budget and failed to provide information about how to access the Budget. The Council has agreed a suitable remedy including backdating the Personal Budget and reviewing information provided to parents.

  • Plymouth City Council (17 001 115)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 28-Mar-2018

    Summary: Ms X complained the Council failed to provide her son with education and support set out in his Education Health and Care Pllan. The Ombudsman found significant delays by the Council in producing an Education Health and Care Plan for Ms X's son. However, this has not caused Ms X or her son an injustice as education was available throughout the period and an appeal to Tribunal would not have resolved Ms X's concerns any earlier.

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