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Schools not coping with Special Needs.

Schools not coping with Special Needs.

Ofsted, as Angela Rayner said, is not fit for purpose. But it's not just the inspectorate that should hold schools to account over SEND, writes one leading academic

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner enhanced her personal approval rating with teachers this week by claiming that Ofsted was “not fit for purpose” and promising it would look “completely different” under a Labour government.

Rayner singled out the inspectorate for its approach to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), drawing on her own experience as a mother of a child with SEND.

“My Charlie doesn’t do you any favours with the current Ofsted regime”, she told the Education Britain Summit in Manchester. “He would probably make his school a failure and you would probably want to wheedle him out, and that’s why it [Ofsted] would be completely different, because it doesn’t celebrate the differences and the abilities of all children at the moment.”

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