(UK) Manchester: Watchdog report charges SPED children being excluded

Dec 4, 2018, Manchester Evening News: Ofsted criticise 'postcode lottery' across region's schools with secondaries lagging behind primaries Ofsted chiefs have criticised a 'postcode lottery' among our region's schools, with secondary schools not improving as much as primaries. The education watchdog, publishing its annual report today, offers a 'state of the nation' look at schools in the country. … The picture among Greater Manchester's secondaries 'was not as positive', according to Oftsed…. In Manchester, only 58pc of secondary schools have been judged good or outstanding compared the rate of 75pc across schools nationally. …. Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) came under fire in the annual report. Andrew Cook, North West director of Ofsted, said SEND provision was 'not good enough' in some areas. 'Off-rolling' and illegitimate exclusions were evident in schools across the country…. “Support for the many of the region’s children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), is not good enough. In over half of the local authorities Ofsted inspected we found their offer for SEND children unacceptable. “Just like other parts of the country, Ofsted inspectors in the North West have found off-rolling and illegitimate exclusions, particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds or with SEND. This poor practice severely limits children’s opportunities to achieve."