Special educational needs


Recent statements in this category are shown below:

  • Nottinghamshire County Council (19 011 110)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 03-Apr-2020

    Summary: Mr X complained the Council failed to provide services and support for his son, F who has severe disabilities and a life limiting condition. The Council was at fault. It failed to provide the educational provision for F in line with his Education, Health and Care Plan and delayed consulting for an alternative placement between September 2018 and March 2019. The Council also failed to carry out a parent carer needs assessment on Mr X in line with relevant legislation and statutory guidance and failed to properly handle his complaints. The Council agreed to pay Mr X a total of £3900 to use for F's benefit, and £350 to recognise the injustice caused to him. It also agreed to carry out service improvements and carry out a parent carer needs assessment on Mr X.

  • Suffolk County Council (19 008 771)

    Statement Not upheld Special educational needs 24-Mar-2020

    Summary: Mrs X complains about the Council's assessment of her son's education, health and care needs, and the way it dealt with her complaint. She says the Council failed to obtain relevant advice from professionals so the education, health and care plan was not fit for purpose. She says she was forced to get a private assessment and was forced to appeal the plan at tribunal. Mrs X says this caused stress and distress, and cost her time and trouble. The Ombudsman does not find the Council at fault. The Ombudsman cannot investigate the parts of Mrs X's complaint about the education, health and care plan because Mrs X had a right to appeal to a tribunal and we therefore have no discretion to investigate.

  • Cumbria County Council (19 008 965)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 23-Mar-2020

    Summary: Ms X complained the Council has not adequately met her children, D and E's special educational needs. The Council failed to plan ahead for their transition to adulthood or consider how D and E would be supported to continue to access training or education until their 18th birthdays. It also failed to properly implement the recommendations from its investigation of her complaint. It has agreed to pay Ms X £500 for uncertainty arising from the identified faults, complete the actions it promised to and review its practice to avoid reoccurrence of these faults.

  • South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council (19 012 123)

    Statement Not upheld Special educational needs 23-Mar-2020

    Summary: Mrs X complained about support the Council provided to her son and delay in issuing an Education, Health and Care Plan. We have discontinued our investigation into her complaint. We were unable to contact her to obtain further information and parts of her complaint are out of our jurisdiction.

  • Sheffield City Council (18 019 236)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 20-Mar-2020

    Summary: Mrs B complained about the way the Council dealt with her son's Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. There was fault by the Council in failing to consult schools when Mrs B said she no longer wanted to educate her son at home. This led to delay in issuing a final EHC Plan with a named placement, which delayed the right of appeal. The Council has agreed a remedy for the loss of educational support and the impact on Mrs B of having to educate her son at home for longer than necessary.

  • Hampshire County Council (19 000 149)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 19-Mar-2020

    Summary: The Ombudsman has not seen any evidence to suggest Mrs C was told a change of school would be considered outside of the EHCP process. However, the Council were at fault for not responding to Mrs C's correspondence and that this led to distress. The Council has agreed to make a payment to Mrs C to remedy this distress.

  • Somerset County Council (19 009 278)

    Statement Not upheld Special educational needs 19-Mar-2020

    Summary: Mrs M has found her dealings with the Council's Special Educational Needs Service extremely frustrating. She could share her experiences with Ofsted during the next inspection. Mrs M is concerned about her son, B's transfer to post-16 education. The Council must amend B's Education, Health and Care Plan by 31 March if he is to transfer to college. It is too soon to consider her complaint about the transfer now.

  • London Borough of Hackney (19 005 129)

    Statement Not upheld Special educational needs 18-Mar-2020

    Summary: The Ombudsman has discontinued his investigation of this complaint, about the Council's delay in issuing an Education, Health and Care plan. This is because he cannot provide the outcome the complainant seeks.

  • Hampshire County Council (19 003 700)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 18-Mar-2020

    Summary: Mrs X complains that the Council did not provide her son, C, with adequate alternative education in a timely manner when he was out of school. She says C missed education and says this has been stressful and upsetting. The Ombudsman finds fault with the Council for not acting sooner to provide alternative education. This caused Mrs X injustice. The Council will apologise and make a payment to Mrs X.

  • Staffordshire County Council (19 012 311)

    Statement Not upheld Special educational needs 18-Mar-2020

    Summary: Ms X complained the Council delayed completing her son's Education, Health and Care assessment. The Ombudsman cannot assess the full impact of the delay or recommend a remedy until an Education, Health and Care plan is agreed. Ms X's complaint can be re-opened when the outcome is known.