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(UK) Sheffield: Council paid $27K compensation for failing SPED student

Dec 21, 2020, The Star: Sheffield Council vows never to repeat mistakes after special education failures

(Central England) The local authority says it will never repeat mistakes which resulted in a Sheffield family receiving £20,000 [$27 U.S.] in compensation because their son failed to have a proper education. When the 15-year-old could not stay at his first secondary school, the council placed him with a care provider, which was unregistered and unregulated for education. The boy left his first secondary school in 2015 and started at a second school in April 2018 but he did not complete a full week’s education until March 2020. The Ombudsman’s found 12 faults with the way the council dealt with the family’s case. Director of education and skills Andrew Jones, who was not at the council when it happened, said there had been a very sincere apology to the family…. “It’s entirely regrettable, and I fully intend to make sure that it doesn’t occur again. The decision to circumnavigate the framework and to use alternative provision is at the heart of this. “We will emphatically never repeat where an officer makes a decision to provide outside of that framework.” Tim Armstrong, head of SEN, said the council was committed to improving special education. ….


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