A boy with special educational needs has been awarded more than £3,000 after the local government watchdog found he had missed out on a suitable education for seven months.
Essex County Council was criticised by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman for failing to provide a suitable education for the boy – and for delays in assessing his needs.
The boy, who has severe learning difficulties, had stopped attending his special school in late November 2014 – not returning after a temporary exclusion.
The council had arranged for a care worker to educate the boy at home from January 2015, but his mother complained that the education was not good enough.
An independent review agreed with her – and added that the boy also needed a thorough assessment of his special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).