Council’s SEND service praised by government minister

Telford & Wrekin Council has been praised by a government minister for its work to improve its special educational needs and disability (SEND) services.

Council’s SEND service praised by government minister

Robert Goodwill MP, the Minister of State for Children and Families, has written to Clive Jones, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Director of Children’s Services.

Mr Goodwill says in his letter: “I am taking a close interest in the Ofsted and CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspections of SEN and disability services and I read with great interest the findings in your report.

“I was encouraged to read the strengths, including accurate identification and assessment of children and young people, the actions you have taken to reduce absence and exclusion from schools.”

Mr Goodwill also noted that the proportion of young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities who are not in education, employment and training is below national figures.

He added: “I note inspectors identified that the local area has made good progress with transferring statements of special educational needs and is well placed to complete the conversion of all statements of special educational needs within the statutory timeframe of March 2018.”

Councillor Paul Watling, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Children and Adults Early Help and Support, said: “It is very gratifying that the hard work of the SEND team has been recognized by the minister.

“However, we will not be resting on our laurels and we will continue to strive to further improve the service so that it is the best it possibly can be.”

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