Thurrock Council to respond to damning Ofsted report

THURROCK Council is to respond to several major criticisms over how they have handled the care of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The council, along with the health authority and schools are required to send a joint statement of action to Ofsted after the education watchdog found several major issues during an inspection in March.

Inspectors found that records were either inaccurate or incomplete, weak quality assurances were in place and care plans were “of poor quality”.

To rectify the problem, the council will be writing to Ofsted to outline a range of improvements that will be undertaken, ranging from the establishment of a board that focuses on reviewing issues related to special education needs to meeting with caseworkers to identify training requirements.

The council will also review all care plans on their system, which describe a young person’s special educational, health and social care needs

The wording of the response will be finalised at an Extraordinary Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Thursday night before being submitted to Ofsted.

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