Laura Sharman 03 October 2019

Six councils conned into spending thousands of pounds on illegal school

Six councils conned into spending thousands of pounds on illegal school image

Six local authorities were duped into paying thousands of pounds to educate vulnerable children in an unsafe illegal school.

An Ofsted investigation found the local authorities were paying £1,200 a week to have children with highly complex physical and mental health needs sent to Freiston Hall in Lincolnshire.

However, the investigation revealed it was an unregistered school that was unlikely to meet Government standards. It had failed to carry out necessary staff suitability checks, to give first aid training to staff, and to supervise pupils adequately.

Despite a warning from Ofsted, it continued to operate illegally.

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspector, said: ‘The people running Freiston Hall were receiving large amounts of public money from local authorities, which were paying for exceptionally vulnerable children to be educated in an unregistered, unsafe school.’

‘Registration is so important. Schools operating beneath the radar are not subject to regular inspection, so we cannot be assured that they are safe or providing good quality education. We want to send a clear message to those who continue to run unregistered schools, despite being warned not to. You will face justice.

‘This case should also serve as a warning to local authorities. Decisions about placements must be made with due diligence. All local authorities should be carrying out the necessary checks to make certain that schools are registered with the Department for Education.’

Three people pleaded guilty to conducting an unregistered independent school and have received a conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Front-End Developer - Learning Platform

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Personal Advisor - Leaving After Care

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Please note this is a fixed term /secondment opportunity until August 2021. (please discuss with your current manager if you are considering a secondm England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Personal Advisor - Homelessness

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Please note this is Fixed Term Contract/secondment opportunity until 31st March 2021. (please discuss with your current manager if you are considering England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Commercial Vehicle Technician

Chelmsford City Council
£30,000 per annum
We are seeking a fully trained HGV technician to work as part of the team who maintain the Council's fleet to the highest standards.  Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Social Worker - Carer Assessment Team (Fostering)

Barnet London Borough Council
£39,040.00 - £49,950.00 Per Annum
In Barnet we value our Social Care staff and we know that our biggest and most important resource are its workforce. Colindale, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue