OFSTED/CQC SEND Local Area Inspection

In May 2016, OFSTED and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) launched a new framework for the joint inspection of the implementation of  SEND reforms within local areas. The framework inspects the effectiveness of all organisations including the local authority and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in implementing the SEND reforms since September 2014. All local areas will be inspected by April 2021. 

The inspection of the local area will cover and report on the following key aspects in arriving at a judgement about the effectiveness of the local area:

  • The effectiveness of the local area in identifying children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • The effectiveness of the local area in assessing and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • The effectiveness of the local area in improving outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Prior to inspection, the local authority and CCG will receive one week’s notice of inspection and will be given further information about the week ahead in regards to schools that will be visited and OFSTED and CQC’s lines of enquiry. 

It is important to note that Local Area inspection is not graded, however all the DCS and Chief Executive of the CCG will receive a report of the findings which is published on the Ofsted website. Those local areas who are deemed to have significant areas of weakness be required to produced a joint local authority and CCG written statement of action.

 

Period

Number of LAs inspected

Number of WSOA

Summer 2016

8

0

Autumn 2016

12

5

Spring 2017

10

4

September – December 2017

8

5

 

In September 2017 a SEND OFSTED inspection working group was established that consisted of officers within the Local Authority, healthcare, social care and parent/carers.

Since September 2017, the Self-evaluation Form (SEF) and a Quality Improvement Action Plan (QIP) has been developed.
Members of this working group initially met fortnightly to develop and populate both documents, whilst ensuring that pertinent information was evidenced. As both documents are now being populated routinely, meetings have transitioned to monthly occurrences.

OFSTED inspection briefing notices have been issued to all schools within Slough to ensure that schools are prepared for the inspection.