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Good intentions, Good Enough? - Report into residential schools published

Wednesday 8th November 2017

A review of residential schools published this week has stressed the importance of disabled children being able to access education in their local community, and recommended steps to ensure that happens.

There are 6,000 children in 334 residential schools and colleges across the country. Residential schools predominantly care for children with the highest needs.

The Lenehan Review found that some parents feel residential placements are their only option when their child is not being supported properly in their local mainstream or special schools. And while some disabled children receive an excellent education in placements that are carefully considered to meet their needs, many more are placed as a last resort due to failings in the local school provision.

A lack of monitoring from the local authorities of what residential schools and colleges are doing means that some children who attend them are being held back by a lack of ambition.

Jill Davies, Senior SEN Parent Advisor, said:  "We share the Lenehan review's vision of good joined-up local provision so that children do not have to be separated from their families and communities.

"We also welcome the call for better monitoring of residential special schools; this will help to ensure that children who need that type of school never become 'out of sight and out of mind'."

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