Category Archives: SEND

SEND campaigners fight on after Panorama revelations

A worried mum who has been fighting for her young son to receive the education he needs, and to which he is entitled, says that despite an 18-month battle with her local council, the situation for families of children with … Continue reading

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Negrini reshuffles executive pack to cope with Henderson exit

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest changes in the executive suites at Fisher’s Folly The council could be looking to shave £150,000 or more per year from its on-going costs by not replacing Robert Henderson as the exec … Continue reading

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‘Strong and stable’? Henderson is third to leave department

It was 2.43pm when the publish button was pressed yesterday at Inside Croydon Towers for our exclusive report of the imminent departure from the council of Rob Henderson, executive director of children, families and education. Two hours later, the council … Continue reading

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Parents crowdfund for Judicial Review of SEND services

There’s another group of angry parents who are preparing to take the authorities to court – Sutton EHCP Crisis. Sutton EHCP Crisis was formed by parents of children with SEND – special educational needs and disabilities – because of the … Continue reading

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SEND is ‘system in crisis’ according to Ombudsman report

Children with SEND – special educational needs and disabilities – are increasingly being failed by the system designed to support them. That’s according to no less an authority than the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman. In its latest report … Continue reading

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Council issues false information as they cover their FoI tracks

Following our exclusive report last week on how Sutton was cynically trying to frustrate public questions submitted through a widely accepted online platform, the council quickly issued a statement. But what they claimed was not entirely true. CARL SHILTON picks … Continue reading

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Sutton’s efforts to block public FoIs back-fires for Bailey

CARL SHILTON on the latest blunder in efforts to block public accountability at the LibDem-controlled council A blatant attempt by a south London council to shut down transparency and close off a well-respected and well-used online tool for putting Freedom … Continue reading

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Dombey rules out new SEND school offering 112 extra places

Sutton Council’s plans to build a special school on playing fields at Sheen Way would see them break their own stated policy of protecting green open spaces and playing fields, while avoiding building a larger SEND school at Rose Hill, … Continue reading

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Official figures show Croydon is capital’s worst for complaints

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, crunches some numbers and finds that according to the annual report from the Local Government Ombudsman, our council does not compare well, however you dress it up Official figures from the Local Government Ombudsman … Continue reading

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Parents group want Sutton’s head of SEND to be sacked

A parents campaign group has backed a call for the sacking of Sutton Council’s head of SEND, Councillor Jenny Batt. The parents issued a statement this morning in which they said that they have found Batt’s “complete failure to engage … Continue reading

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Sutton Council sacks Cognus MD over their SEND shambles

Our Sutton investigations editor, CARL SHILTON, on an inevitable development in the council’s struggles over its special educational needs services Tracey Burley has been sacked as the managing director of Cognus, the Sutton Council spin-off company which is responsible for … Continue reading

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Council’s sorry performance after Ombudsman’s dozen rulings

One reason that rulings by the Local Government Ombudsman against local authorities, such as Croydon, attract so little attention is that the Ombudsman’s office never insists that the offending councils should publish the findings in full on their own website. … Continue reading

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Sutton’s Bailey moves over Cognus as SEND pressure mounts

A crisis over provision of SEND services has forced the council’s chief exec to take urgent action, appointing a director to the company in charge Sutton stages a full council meeting tonight at which the borough’s provision of services for … Continue reading

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Call for resignations over ‘devastation’ to SEND children

EXCLUSIVE: One of Sutton’s senior councillors is under pressure over continuing failures to provide legally required services for hundreds of vulnerable youngsters. CARL SHILTON reports It is becoming increasingly apparent that Marian James, one of Sutton Council leader Ruth Dombey’s … Continue reading

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Scully goes in to Batt at PMQs for Sutton’s SEND families

Sutton’s failing SEND service looks set to get an early return visit from the inspectors of Ofsted, this time accompanied by officials from the Care Quality Commission. At least, that’s what Theresa Mayhem, the lame duck Prime Minister, indicated yesterday … Continue reading

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Council tries to ‘hoodwink’ families to opt out of SEND services

Croydon Council is trying to save £100,000 from its SEND budget for every teenager currently receiving help from the local authority, under services which it is supposed to provide by law. Youngsters with SEND – special education needs or disability … Continue reading

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‘Families are at breaking point as a result’ of council action

Here, unedited, is the full text of the letter sent on behalf of the Sutton EHCP Crisis Group, to Ruth Dombey, the leader of Sutton Council. The letter was dated June 10. Dear Councilor Dombey, We are the members of … Continue reading

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Parents threaten to take council to High Court over SEND

EXCLUSIVE: Officials in Sutton have suppressed a report that slams council leadership over its failing services for special needs and disabled children, as a campaign group threatens a Judicial Review with angry parents maintaining that the council’s private service provider … Continue reading

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Protesters SEND message: it’s not just money that matters

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Families who have children, teens and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of care and attention provided by their councils. Yesterday, they staged a march on Westminster. SARAH BOWELL … Continue reading

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Autism Champion in broadcast that offered real experience

Jerry Fitzpatrick, the Addiscombe West councillor who is the borough’s Autism Champion, was this week interviewed on the Women’s Radio Station by Anna Kennedy. Kennedy is the founder of Anna Kennedy Online, an autism charity, and helping with the radio … Continue reading

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Council couldn’t care less: Ombudsman upholds 7 complaints

Croydon Council had seven public complaints upheld against it by the Local Government Ombudsman in the first three months of 2019, research conducted for Inside Croydon can reveal. The rulings resulted in several apologies from the council, and hundreds of … Continue reading

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Our children deserve help to improve their life opportunities

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is autism awareness week. There’s been events staged at the Town Hall, and tomorrow there’s a special meeting at which teens, young adults, parents, guardians and carers can discuss their situations with councillors and officials. SARAH BOWELL, … Continue reading

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Flemming’s SEND strategy report gives much to live up to

The council cabinet meeting at the Town Hall on Monday saw Alisa Flemming present the council’s draft strategy for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – SEND. Councillor Fleming is the council’s cabinet member for inadequate children’s services and failing schools. … Continue reading

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