SEND: Payout for boy given ‘unsuitable’ home education

Delays in providing suitable home education and in assessing for EHC plan meant boy missed out on months of schooling reports Tes.

A boy with special educational needs has been awarded more than £3,000 after the local government watchdog found he had missed out on a suitable education for seven months.

The boy, who has severe learning difficulties, had stopped attending his special school in late November 2014 – not returning after a temporary exclusion.

The council had arranged for a care worker to educate the boy at home from January 2015, but his mother complained that the education was not good enough. An independent review agreed with her – and added that the boy also needed a thorough assessment of his special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

But nothing much changed until September 2015, when the council improved the boy’s education by providing a teacher from his special school. That school was named as the boy’s placement school in a final education, health and care (EHC) plan issued by the council at the beginning of February 2016. The pupil returned to school part-time that September.

However, the pupil’s mother remained unhappy and complained to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, Michael King.

Mr King said: “Councils have a duty to ensure appropriate support and education is in place for children who, for whatever reason, are unable to attend school. In this case, although the council put some measures in place, it was simply not enough.”

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