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Nov 9, 2018

Inspection of support for children and young people with SEND

Inspection of support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Dear Parents,

Between Monday 12 November and Friday 16 November, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will jointly carry out an inspection of support for children and young people who live in Staffordshire and have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Blackfriars has not been selected by the inspection team to be visited as part of the inspection, but I am taking part in one of the panel discussions with the teams. The Inspectors are very keen to hear from parents and carers.

The five-day inspection will include meetings with officers from education and social care at the county council, as well as key people from the local health service, leaders in schools and education settings, parents and pupils.

They will look at three key things:

How well the needs of children and young people with SEND are identified
How well the needs of children and young people with SEND are met
The outcomes for children and young people with SEND
When the inspection has ended, a report will be published with the findings. We expect this to be before the end of December 2018.

Feedback from parents or carers of children and young people who live in Staffordshire and have special educational needs and/or disabilities is a vital part of the inspection process.

The inspectors would like to hear about experiences from September 2014 onwards, which is when the most recent SEND reforms were put in place.

Children, young people, parents and carers can feedback by:

Answering the questions in the online recorded webinar. This can be accessed at any time from 12 noon on Monday 5 November until midnight on Tuesday 13 November 2018.

Click the link below to register. (The link will open in a new window)

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6447290289031873026

Contacting Staffordshire SEND IASS to request details of how you can attend discussions held between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC inspection team:

https://www.staffs-iass.org/home.aspx?utm_medium=govdelivery&utm_source=email


Emailing contributions to support@ofsted.gov.uk.
This information is summarised on the Staffordshire County Council website

Click the link below to visit the Staffordshire County Council website:

http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgxMTA3Ljk3MjgwMzMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MTEwNy45NzI4MDMzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MDUzMzk2JmVtYWlsaWQ9YXBhcnJAYmxhY2tmcmlhcnMuc2hhdy1lZHVjYXRpb24ub3JnLnVrJnVzZXJpZD1hcGFyckBibGFja2ZyaWFycy5zaGF3LWVkdWNhdGlvbi5vcmcudWsmdGFyZ2V0aWQ9JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&103&&&https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/welfareservice/SpecialEducationalNeeds/Special-Educational-Needs-and-Disabilities-Local-Area-Review.aspx?utm_medium=govdelivery&utm_source=email

 

Questions

If you have any questions about the inspection process, please get in touch with the LA at communications@staffordshire.gov.uk  - contact  Helen Riley, Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities

 

Please do take up this opportunity to contact the team and let them know your thoughts about Local Authority provision.

The sorts of things that they will want to hear is about:-

·         How easily did you have your child assessed and accepted for a statement / EHCP

·         How well do you think your child’s needs are being met – here you can comment upon schooling, physio, special school nursing, speech and language etc

·         Your child’s outcomes - progress in school, what will happen to them post 16, provision for your child beyond school and college

If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact us at school,

Kind regards,

 

Alison Parr