Physical Restraints Used in Special needs School

Inspectors from the UK’s education watchdog, Ofsted, have raised concerns over the use of physical restraints on pupils with complex special educational needs at a school in Suffolk.

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The report found that Warren School in Lowestoft, which caters for pupils aged three to 19 with a wide range of complex needs and disabilities, was “inadequate” in all areas and has now been placed into special measures.

Inspectors said safeguarding arrangements at the school were ineffective, adding: “There has been a very high use of physical restraint for pupil wellbeing and management over time.”

The report also found that the school’s curriculum was not fit for its purpose, and pupils were not making sufficient progress in their learning.

Speaking to BBC Radio Suffolk, headteacher Julie Lyon said she was “devastated” by the inspection findings. “I’m committed to turning this school around,” she said. “It won’t be easy, but we will do it.”

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The local authority, Suffolk County Council, said it was “disappointed” with the inspection findings and would be working with the school to address the areas of concern.

Ofsted has now raised concerns over the use of physical restraints on pupils with complex special educational needs at a school in Suffolk.

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