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A local authority is reviewing how it monitors children not in mainstream schools after an investigation found it “disregarded” oversight responsibilities for a pupil left without education for months.

Essex County Council failed to “get involved with” the 12-year-old’s schooling because she attended a secondary in a separate area – and even told her parents to seek support elsewhere.

The girl had been on a part-time timetable but stop attending school amid a delay in issuing an education, health and care plan (EHCP).

A Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman probe found the council’s “refusal to recognise its responsibility” to oversee the youngster’s education “caused injustice”.

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