Local Area SEND Inspections - One year on

News - 18 Oct 2017

The Care Quality Commission and Ofsted have published a summary report of their main findings from the first 30 local area SEND inspections.

Local Area SEND Inspections - One Year On is a summary report of the main findings from the first 30 local area SEND inspections by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission. The content seems to indicate that, broadly, there is much more work still to be done across the 3 main aspects of the inspection framework relating to children and young people with SEND, namely:
  • identifying SEND
  • meeting needs 
  • improving outcomes.
Some of the headline failings mentioned include:
  • Children and young people identified as needing SEN support not benefiting from the implementation of the Code of Practice well
  • Children and young people with SEND being excluded (including unofficially), absent or missing from education much more frequently than other pupils nationally, and 
  • parents lacking confidence in the ability of mainstream schools to meet their child's needs.
Strengths highlighted included SEND being identified well in the early years, particularly complex needs and proportions of young people with SEND not in education, employment or training post-16 being low, particualrly for those with an EHC plan.

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