Teenage girl left without school for over a year as her family moved home has received £ 7,200 in compensation

Leicestershire County Council agreed to pay the sum and apologized to the girl, who was without formal education from January 2019 to February 2020

A report released by the Ombudsman said the family moved from Leicester town to Leicestershire in 2019 when the girl was 15 and in 10th grade

He found that despite repeated requests to the board for places in two different schools, requests were “subject to significant drift”

The girl was finally offered a place in June 2020, but she missed four terms and has since left education without qualifications

Speaking to the BBC, her mother, who declined to be named, said: “Her mental condition has been affected

“She wanted to be a midwife, but now she is so unconfident She has so many steps to take

“If she had had an education, to which she was entitled, she would have already taken these steps”

He said that although the county council has no direct authority over academy admissions, the council did not use the powers it did have to force academies to take action

Nor did he do enough to ensure that alternative arrangements were put in place during a “critical period” in the girl’s education.

He added, “This caused [the girl] significant injustice, with possible long-term consequences stemming from her academic disadvantage.”

Council ordered to pay family £ 7,200 for daughter’s’ education allowance ‘, as well as mother £ 300 for’ avoidable time and problems caused by council’s inability to resolve their complaint locally “

Michael King, Local Government and Social Services Ombudsman, said: “This case highlights the problems many parents and councils are now facing as a result of the widespread academicization of schools

“The academies have their own admission arrangements and the councils have limited powers to ensure the admission of students to these schools

“It is therefore essential that boards use these powers to ensure that students are not without education longer than is absolutely necessary”

Councilor Deborah Taylor, Senior County Council Member for Children and Families, apologized for “unacceptable delays” in girl’s education

“We agreed to pay a sum of money to be used for her educational benefit, as well as compensation to her mother for any distress and confusion caused,” she added

The authority said it will review procedures for school admissions, with refresher training for officers, and remind county schools and academies of “their duties regarding enrollment new students “

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