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(UK) Bracknell: Council slammed for "failing" SPED children; 'kids are suffering'

Mar 4, 2022, Bracknell News: Ofsted release scathing report after consultation with Bracknell parents

Near London Ofsted has slammed the council for failing special needs children in Bracknell. After meetings with children and young people with SEND, parents and carers, and local authority The education watchdog said that a Written Statement of Action (WSOA) is required because of significant areas of weakness in the area's practice. The scathing report described many parents as ‘feeling exhausted at having to continually fight to be heard and to have the needs of their children assessed and met’…. Ms Hey explained: “At the moment he has no assistance from the local authorities about where he’s going to go afterwards and doesn’t have an updated EHCP which I’ve been trying to get for the last 2 years. “I had letters in November saying they are going to update it and I’m still waiting. The legal cut off date for year 11 students is 31 of March which will is obvious that they are not going to make. It's not been specifically updated now for 4 or 5 years. It’s supposed to give you an outside view of what that child is like without meeting them. If you pick up my son’s it doesn’t reflect him as a child or as a person.” Cllr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning, responded on behalf of the council. He said: “We are very aware that although we have started to address areas for development, there are still significant challenges ahead. We fully recognise that current standards are not at the high level we expect of ourselves, or at the standard our children, young people and their families deserve….


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