Illegal exclusions among SEN complaints to Ombudsman

SEN children are being unlawfully excluded from school, with many being denied specialist support by local authorities, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has warned.

A report from the watchdog highlights a number of stories from among the complaints it has received and says that many SEN children are having their educational opportunities limited because of long delays in accessing support.

The LGO receives more complaints about education than any other area, with 17 per cent of its 20,186 complaints in 2012/13 being education-related. Almost one in 10 of these were about SEN provision and support.

The office can receive complaints about how SEN support is provided, but does not have the power to consider complaints about the internal actions of schools or the contents of an SEN statement. 

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