Birmingham City Council is to pay pound;2,000 to a 16-year-old boy after failing to ensure his special needs were being met by his schools.
The boy - not named in a report from the Local Government Ombudsman - changed secondary schools twice within a year and was excluded from the third. But the ombudsman found that his statement of special needs had not een reviewed for more than two years - despite a legal requirement for annual reviews. He had also missed out on the additional support he needed and, having been excluded, he received no education at all for the remaining four months of the academic year, before starting at a new school.
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