No surprises here to read that their provision is considered awful. Seems to be standard to deny problems so they don't have to deal with them. Their own funding policies also set the bar so high in terms of needs before there is extra funding for schools that it is no wonder schools are reluctant to support parents too. Found it hard to believe at tribunal Kent actually argued that the extra costs of having DD in mainstream with a statement were only £2500 a year even though she was being given 23hrs 1:1 support with a TA specifically employed to support her ??!! The tribunal saw through every bit of LA tactics and argument and we won indi specialist school for her with full transport. It should never have come to that.
Is the director in Kent new? Where did you hear that info from? Sounds promising if someone new is at the top and left because of the state of things in their old place. Hopefully he won't just walk from here because things are bad too but will stick around and make positive change.