A teenager who had been out of school for more than a year when his family moved home received compensation of £ 7200

Leicestershire County Council agreed to pay the sum and apologized to the girl who had no formal education from January 2019 to February 2020

A report published by the Ombudsman says the family moved from the city of Leicester to Leicestershire in 2019 when the girl was 15 and was 10 years old Year

It turned out that, despite repeated requests to the council for places in two different schools, the requests were “subject to considerable variation”

The girl was finally offered a place in June 2020, but she missed four school years and has since left her education without a degree

In an interview with the BBC, her mother, who did not want to be named, said: “Your state of mind is affected

“She wanted to be a midwife, but now she’s so confident. She has so many steps to jump through

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

It is said that while the district council has no direct authority over the admission of academies, the council has not used the powers it had to force the academies to act

Neither has it done enough to ensure that alternative precautions have been taken during a “critical time” in the girl’s education

It added: “This caused [the girl] significant injustices with possible long-term consequences arising from her academic disadvantage”

The ward council has been instructed to assist the 7Paying £ 200 for the girl’s “educational achievement” and £ 300 to her mother for “avoidable time and difficulties caused by the inability of the ward council to resolve her complaint on the ground”

Michael King, Ombudsman for Local Government and Social Welfare, said, “This case highlights the problems faced by many parents and councils after the widespread school academization

“Academies have their own admission regulations and the councils have limited powers to ensure the admission of students to these schools

“It is therefore important that councils use these powers to ensure that students are not left without education for longer than is strictly necessary”

Councilor Deborah Taylor, the senior district councilor for children and families, apologized for the “unacceptable delays” in the girl’s education

“We agreed to pay an amount of money to be used for her educational services, along with compensation for her mother for any hardship and confusion,” she added

The agency said it will review school admission procedures with refresher training for officials and remind schools and academies in the county “of their duties related to new student registration.”

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