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Gloucestershire among top ten best performing councils for children with high needs


Gloucestershire County Council has been named the 7th best performing council for supporting children with high needs by IMPOWER.


While Gloucestershire’s most recent inspection of support for children with special education needs (SEND) was very positive, independent consultancy IMPOWER believes the current inspection framework used by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission has too narrow a focus, and does not capture broader challenges around school exclusions and alternative provision.

IMPOWER has used a wider set of educational outcomes together with national data, to measure value and rank councils across the UK to see which are performing best for these children.

IMPOWER director Leo Jones said he hoped the work will ‘help the sector develop a definition of what good looks like for children with high needs, widening the debate beyond a call for more funding and enabling councils to feel confident that they are driving the best outcomes for children, whatever their individual needs.’

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for economy, education and skills at Gloucestershire County Council said: “I’m pleased that this report recognises the great work we are doing to support children with high needs in our county.

“In common with many other areas across the UK, Gloucestershire has seen an increase in the number of children who need additional support. As part of our promise to invest £100m into our county's schools, we are further increasing provision for them with plans to open a new special school for children with social, emotional and mental health issues to meet this growing need.”

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