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Kingston Council focused on improving Special Educational Needs services

Kingston Council accepts the findings of an independent review carried out to look at services for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) in the borough.

The review was commissioned by the Council in February 2018 in response to concerns about the significant financial pressures affecting SEND services in Kingston. The review was led by Tony McArdle, who is currently the Government’s lead Commissioner addressing the financial challenges at Northamptonshire County Council.  

The review produced a series of recommendations, which are in line with those made by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following their joint inspection in October 2018. Following the inspection, the Council, Achieving for Children (AfC) and the Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) published a ‘written statement of action’ in February 2019, which sets out the actions we will take to improve services.

Councillor Diane White, Kingston Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said:

“We welcome the findings of the Education Commission, many of which reinforce the work already underway to improve SEND services in Kingston. We’ve made a great deal of progress in delivering these changes and will continue to work with AfC, schools and local health services to ensure we keep up the momentum.  

“I look forward to working with the new Parent Consortium in Kingston, and making sure that we can work in partnership with children, young people and their parents or carers to provide them with the services they need.”

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