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(UK) SPED students in Sheffield schools "failed" by school system

Jan 25, 2019, Star: Children with special educational needs in Sheffield being failed by system say watchdogs https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/children-with-special-educational-needs-in-sheffield-being-failed-by-system-say-watchdogs-1-9558838 Children with special educational needs in Sheffield are losing out because of slow and patchy introduction of key reforms aimed at ensuring they get the help they need. A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and education watchdog Ofsted says Sheffield Council and its Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have not implemented the 2014 disability and special educational needs reforms ‘consistently or swiftly’ enough. … The report highlights seven areas of significant weakness, which the Council and CCG have been asked to address over the next 18 months. These include the creation of a coherent vision and strategy for special educational needs in Sheffield, better communication, clarity and consistency in the relationship between leaders, parents, carers and children and young people, and improved oversight by the CCG to address unacceptable waiting times and the lack of appropriate support. … Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for education and skills said: “The results confirmed for us, not only the challenges we knew that we faced but also the complexity involved in solving them for their families. … “We will continue working hard to improve services at all levels and have already made some significant progress. We know that further success will only happen if everyone works together - the health services, schools, post-16 institutions, families, social care and the council. … The report found many frontline professionals in education, health and care in Sheffield worked hard to make a positive difference to children and young people with special educational needs, and praised ‘well intentioned’ projects on autistic spectrum disorder as well as the excellent support provided for deaf children. …