Ofsted condemns ‘disjointed’ special educational needs provision

Her report, which presents a state of the nation commentary on the quality of education, revealed that in 2018 more than 2,000 of the most needy children who have official education, health and care (EHC) plans – legally binding documents setting out their needs – were still awaiting provision, almost three times more than in 2010. In 2017 the figure was more than 4,000.

The number of requests for EHC assessments that were either refused or delayed have also increased dramatically. In 2017 there were about 14,600 refusals by local authorities to carry out an assessment – a third more than two years earlier – to the frustration of desperate parents.