Children with special needs or disabilities are being excluded from schools in South Gloucestershire
A higher-than-normal proportion of disabled children with special needs are being kicked out of schools in South Gloucestershire, it has been revealed.
A joint inspection by education regulator Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission has found “significant areas of weakness” in how the area provided for children with special education needs or disabilities.
Over five days in November, the team of inspectors spoke with children, parents, carers, South Gloucestershire Council and the NHS officers working in the area about how SEN children were cared for.
The report, which has just been published, criticised both the council and the local clinical commissioning group, and said more needed to be done to help children.
Among those in the team were Bradley Simons, regional director for Ofsted and Ursula Gallagher, a deputy chief inspector for the CQC.
There are more than 1,550 children with an Education, Health and Care plan and another 172 young people waiting to be converted. There are also dozens appealing for one.