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(UK) Bury SPED parents criticize ‘significant areas of weakness’ in schools

July 2, 2019, Manchester Evening News: Children with special educational needs in Bury are still not receiving good enough support https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/children-special-educational-needs-bury-16505317 Children with special educational needs in Bury are still not receiving good enough service , two years after a damning report, say inspectors. Now, potentially, the government could intervene. In 2017 an independent report said families of such children had been 'let down' by Bury Council, adding there was a 'worrying degree of complacency' in special educational needs and disabilities services. The Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) investigation laid bare ‘significant areas of weakness’ and inspectors said services were ‘two years behind’ where they should be…. An "entrenched culture that viewed the 'Bury way' as the right and only way of doing things" proved to be a substantial obstacle to enabling reforms to be implemented…. The initial report found that health practitioners were unaware of children's education, health, and care plans, and insufficient progress has been made to tackle this issue. … "Parents told inspectors of delays in information being shared, incorrect information being included in EHC (care) plans, and some being mislaid. It remains the case that children, young people and their families must routinely repeat their story." A letter to Karen Dolton, Director of Children's Services at Bury Council, from Inspector Jonathan Jones, says: "As leaders of the local area have not made sufficient progress against all the weaknesses identified in the written statement, it is for the DfE and NHS England to decide the next steps….