Martin Ford 20 November 2023

Councils hit by improvement notices

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Oldham MBC and Oxfordshire CC have received improvement notices for their services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

They follow inspections by the Care Quality Commission and Ofsted that uncovered ‘widespread failings’ at Oldham in August and a sense of ‘helplessness’ among families at Oxfordshire in September.

The Government issued the notices this week, requiring the councils to draw up improvement plans to be overseen by improvement boards.

In addition, advisers from the Department for Education and NHS will provide regular updates to the Government on progress made or raise concerns.

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