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Suffolk SEND provision review

December 6, 2021 10:50 AM

The East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star report that an increased number of complaints to Suffolk County Council's SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) support team is the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to problems faced by families. This follows a review carried out by a team from Lincolnshire County Council who made a number of recommendations.

Liberal Democrat County Councillor Inga Lockington said

"The Education and Children's Services Scrutiny Committee will finally have a chance to question Officers and the Portfolio Holder on this on Thursday the 9th of December. Suffolk County Council's responce to the independent report and review of the SEND (Special Education Needs & Disabilities) Service is crucial. The meeting will be held in publicand it will also be Web-Cast by the County Council.
The Review in to the SEND Service included many Key issues & Recommendations which are all very important to get right as every Term or School Year one of our Suffolk Pupils spends in an inappropriate educational setting may lead to further delay in their education and take its toll on parents who have not felt they have been listened to. In 2017 our Tory-run County Council disbanded its education scrutiny Committee.
I am really glad the County Tories have been persuaded to restore the scrutiny of education Committee (which now also covers Children Services) after its failure to deliver appropriate education for our most vulnerable children has been exposed. I hope the Tory-led council has finally learned the value of opening-up to independent scrutiny and listening to the advice of users and experienced people in the support it provides, or commissions, especially for our most vulnerable citizens."

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-county-council-under-fire-after-send-figures-8537240

Inga Lockington head and shoulders 2/21