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Ofsted has condemned the "unacceptable" treatment of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by mainstream schools.

Worcestershire County Council will consider establishing a separate company to run children's services in a bid to improve provision.

Inspectors have criticised "significant weaknesses" in the quality of support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Oxfordshire.

Inspectors have praised the quality of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Solihull, including unaccompanied asylum seekers and looked-after children.

Government rejects call to hand councils academy powers

By Tristan Donovan |

01 December 2017

The Department for Education has rejected calls to allow local authorities to be given the freedom to set up academy school groups.

Efforts to improve the quality of child protection work at a council rated "inadequate" by Ofsted are progressing too slowly with social work still of a "poor" standard, inspectors have warned.

Ofsted has said it will continue to give overall effectiveness ratings for local authority children's services departments when its new inspection framework is introduced next year.

Ofsted has praised the leadership of a council's children's services department saying managers think "deeply and creatively" about improving the lives of vulnerable young people.

Young people in custody are being locked up in their cells for too long and are missing out on vital support due to staff shortages across the secure estate, inspectors have warned.

A children's services department taken over by a mutual earlier this year has been praised by inspectors for making "sustained progress" in improving support for children and young people.