Guardian investigation reveals inspectors had ‘serious concerns’ in 30 of the 68 local areas inspected

Frances Perraudin
Wed 24 Oct 2018 15.10 BST Last modified on Wed 24 Oct 2018 17.01 BST

Children and young people with special needs are being failed in almost half of areas in England inspected under new rules, research by the Guardian has found.

Under a system of inspections introduced in 2016, the education watchdog Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have so far visited 68 local areas to assess whether they meet the needs of those aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Inspectors said they had “serious concerns” in 30 cases (44% of those examined), requiring those areas to produce a written statement of action to detail how they would address “significant areas of weakness in the local area’s practice”.

A spokesperson for Ofsted said children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities deserved a better deal.



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