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(UK) Bury: Council ordered to pay $4000 compensation for denying schooling for disabled boy

Nov 1, 2021, Manchester Evening News: Council slammed for failing boy with special educational needs who missed four months of school

W. central England

Bury council has been ordered to pay £3,000 [$4000] in compensation to a boy and his mother after failing to provide him with education for four months. An investigation was launched after the mum complained that her son, who has special educational needs, was allegedly being failed as he transferred out of school and into college. In March 2020, when the boy was in Year 11, the council issued his final Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. … The plan identified the provision he required, including face to face support particularly at the beginning and end of each day, and it named a college for him to attend from September 2020 after turning 16. But in April 2020, his mother contacted the council and raised concerns about her son’s ability to cope with the transition to the specified college. When the year began in September, the boy did not attend college as he and his mother continued to have doubts about its suitability. The government ombudsman which investigated the complaints found that the council’s failings led to the boy not receiving appropriate education between September 2020 and January 2021….


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