Work to transform the lives of children with special needs in North Lincolnshire has received glowing praise from national inspectors Ofsted.
A recent report judged the support provided to be among the very best in the country – with inspectors highlighting how young people achieve better outcomes, access opportunities and lead better lives in North Lincolnshire.
The overwhelming majority of children and young people with SEND who talked to inspectors were highly appreciative of the support they receive.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is fantastic that the inspectors have recognised the collective hard work that goes into ensuring all children and young people in North Lincolnshire get the best opportunities to develop and achieve.
“While it is pleasing to receive this recognition, we are not stopping there. Families will see that work is already underway on the new post-16 free school, which will greatly benefit those with complex needs, boosting access to skills and employment as they move into adulthood.”
The inspectors found that leaders have worked closely with schools to enhance the support available to children and young people with SEND, including for pupils with autism spectrum disorder and social, emotional and mental health needs.
In primary schools, children with an Education, Health and Care Plan were found to be achieving good outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics.
In the post-16 environment, meanwhile, more young people with SEND in North Lincolnshire progress to employment and training than is seen nationally.
A new £10m post-16 free school, announced as part of the council’s inflation-busting budget, will increase this support even further.
The school, called Trent View College, is being built in Scunthorpe and will help more students to develop the important life skills that will prepare them for adulthood.
Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children and families, said: “Having two children with special needs myself, I appreciate the importance of having the right provision available locally.
“Reading these findings, I am proud of the way organisations across North Lincolnshire have stepped up, responding creatively to support young people.”
To access information, advice and support, visit the North Lincolnshire SEND Local Offer website.
A full copy of the report is available to view on the Ofsted website.