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Boy missing out on suitable education awarded payout.

Boy missing out on suitable education awarded payout.

Delays in providing suitable home education and in assessing for EHC plan meant boy missed out on months of schooling 


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).

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