Young disabled people being 'let down' as they prepare for adult life, says Ofsted
9 April 2016
Young disabled people in England are being let down as they prepare for adult life, says a report by Ofsted.
Ofsted inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people. Access to training and developing skills for employment can be 'patchy and ineffective', according to the report. The government has promised to do more to help so-called 'high needs learners'.
The BBC's Marc Ashdown spoke to young disabled people about how access to training and skills development builds their confidence and provides opportunities to find work:
'I had no confidence and was really shy. And now I'm able to do things by myself, but with a little bit of help.'
Marc also spoke to Kathryn Rudd, the principal at National Star College:
'We're really concerned about the inconsistencies at the moment across the country.
'It's really vital that we focus on the young person, and we ensure that investment is targeted. It enables that person to reach their potential, and ultimately then we reduce costs long term for the public purse.'
The Department for Education welcomed Ofsted's report and says it will adopt one of the recommendations, to gather national data about where young learners end up.