Ofsted’s recent report has raised concerns about delays in special needs provision for children across England. The report claims these issues are detrimental to children and their families, affecting their health and education. According to Ofsted, some key areas where help is delayed include diagnosis of additional needs, access to appropriate therapies and support services, specialist teaching support and timely access to specialist educational placements. This lack of timely help can have dire consequences for vulnerable children who rely on it to make progress in life.

Read the rest of the article here:  https://www.ipgce.com/delays-on-special-needs-intensifies-concern/(opens in a new tab)

Contact us here: https://www.ipgce.com/contact-us

In response to this issue, Ofsted has called for a comprehensive review of how local authorities provide services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They argue that clear targets must be set to ensure that children have timely access to the help they need and that local authorities are accountable for meeting those targets. Ofsted is also calling for an overhaul of the current SEND funding system, arguing that it fails to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of society.


These issues are serious and far-reaching, so action must be taken to ensure vulnerable children promptly get the help they need. The government must take this report seriously and address these delays as soon as possible. Anything less than swift action may have devastating consequences for young people who desperately require assistance if they are to reach their full potential in life moreover, local authorities and schools must be provided with sufficient resources to ensure they can meet the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities. More must be done to ensure that these young people get the help they need when they need it to reach their full potential. This issue cannot be solved overnight, but if steps are taken now, then we can prevent this suffering from continuing into the future

Finally, parents and carers must have access to accurate information about services available so they know what support they should expect for their children. By ensuring parents are aware of what is on offer and making sure it’s easy to access, we can ensure children with SEND get the help they need promptly, ultimately leading to better outcomes for everyone

What can the government do to help these students?