Bristol news School leaders unhappy as council review stays under wraps PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The review of education for children who struggle in mainstream schools in Bristol was carried out in autumn last year

Bristol news School leaders unhappy as council review stays under wraps PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The review of education for children who struggle in mainstream schools in Bristol was carried out in autumn last year

Bristol news  School leaders unhappy as council review stays under wraps PremierLeague-News.Com
06 April 2021 - 12:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The council is withholding the findings of an independent review of education for children who struggle in mainstream schools in Bristol. It has decided it will not release the details of the concerns raised until its plans for addressing them can be published at the same time. The independent review of alternative learning provision was carried out in autumn last year as part of a programme of work to tackle failings in services for children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND). But the findings may not be made public until June, more than a year and half after Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission found “significant areas of weakness” in Bristol’s SEND system during an inspection in October 2019. City school leaders who were expecting to see the review findings this week told the council’s top education officer they found the delay unacceptable. But Bristol City Council’s director of education Alison Hurley told members of the Bristol Schools Forum that releasing the findings without an action plan would provoke “weeks” of questions and “anxiety”. Vice-chair of governors at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Karen Brown, said: “Most of the people who are sitting on the schools forum are educators and people involved with young people who need these services properly sorted. “So it’s not just a piece of work, it’s their lives, so we’re already two and a half years beyond failing them, and that just doesn’t feel right to me, at all. “We can’t accept that any longer.” A report of the review findings and the council’s plan to address the concerns raised were meant to be presented to the Bristol Schools Forum, a statutory group of headteachers and school governors, on Tuesday (March 30). Instead, members were told they would not see the report until May 11 or possibly the first week of June as the action plan still needed more work before it was ready for public consumption. Local mayoral and councillor elections are scheduled for May 6. Stay up to date - here's how to get the biggest stories from across Bristol straight to your inbox A brief overview of the review findings, provided to scrutiny councillors in lieu of the full report earlier this month, said the independent review made 31 recommendations addressing nine areas of concern. One of those concerns included the use of alternative learning provision as a “holding ground” for children with SEND to make up for a shortage of special school places and other deficiencies in the system.

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. Asked why the review findings could not be published first, without the council’s action plan, Ms Hurley said the council wanted to publish the two together “to say ‘okay, this is what we’ve found, but this is what we’re doing about it’”. “Having a long gap between the two is a challenging situation because that is whole weeks of [questions asking] ‘so what’s the local authority doing about it’. “I just think the gap between the two will create more concern and anxiety than putting them out together.” Chair of governors at Little Hayes Nursery School, Rob Davies, said he did not “necessarily agree” with that approach and later tweeted that he found the answer “unsatisfactory”. Whitehall Primary School governor and forum chair Christine Townsend, who was clearly unhappy with the council’s explanation as well, said: “You’ve had this report for a long time.” Ms Hurley said the action plan was not ready for public release as it needed input from families and the education sector to make it “meaningful”. The council has been burnt in the past when it released reports without “due process”, she said. “It hasn’t gone well and it hasn’t been received as well as it could have,” she said. Mrs Brown said: “We do seem to be a bit in limbo, and we have been in limbo for quite a considerable time on this project. “We must have something here, even if it’s not all 31 items listed because it’s gone on for far too long really.” At Mrs Brown’s suggestion, the forum noted that they found the delay unacceptable. Ms Hurley said she expected that the council’s people scrutiny commission would consider the alternative learning review and the action plan in summer or early autumn.

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