A school in Wiltshire is reported to have asked the parents of an autistic boy to keep him at home during a recent Ofsted inspection, suggesting that he take an ‘authorised absence’.
Whilst the school stated that there may not have been sufficient staff at the time in question, and that the individual child concerned might have become distressed with unfamiliar people in the classroom, the parents are convinced that the school is struggling to cope with children with special needs and wanted to conceal this from Ofsted.
Another parent, whose 15 year old son has dyslexia, was also informed that his son’s classes had changed and been swapped that day, because they ‘didn’t want any disruption’.
Whilst Ofsted has refused to comment on specific complaints, they have said that if there was a deliberate attempt to conceal evidence from them they would take the matter very seriously.
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