by mikebell on 13 July, 2018
Significant concerns about special educational needs and disability provision in North Somerset have been raised following an inspection of local services by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.
Commenting on the new report, local Councillor Mike Bell said:
“The Ofsted inspection of North Somerset Council’s special educational needs and disabilities services has been published and “raises significant concerns about the effectiveness of the local area”.
“This a shameful report that shows a lack of strategy, poor communication with parents and a failure to support children with special needs properly. Urgent action is needed to put things right.
“I’ve been pressing for action on this for almost a year, after concerns were raised with me in the General Election last year. It is reassuring that Ofsted has picked up on the key themes, but shocking that these issues have still not been addressed.
“The council must now produce an action plan, to be agreed with Ofsted, to address deficiencies. We must hold them to the task to get the best possible outcomes for local children and families.”
Councillor Bell is a member of North Somerset’s Children and Young People’s Services Scrutiny Panel and the Panel’s SEND working group.
Link to the Ofsted letter to North Somerset:1 Comment