In May, OFSTED introduced a new framework which examines an area’s approach to meeting the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). They intend to inspect every Local Authority within the next five years.
The framework is divided into three parts:
How effectively we identify children and young people with SEND
How effectively we assess those needs and make appropriate provision
How effectively we ensure positive outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
The Local Authority will receive one week’s notification of an inspection. The inspection team will arrive the following Monday and remain for that week. During this time they will meet with a range of colleagues from health, social care and education.
In addition they will give us a list of the schools and settings they wish to visit. We will notify those schools and settings as soon as we have the list.
If your school is chosen, inspectors will visit at an agreed time to look at the provision you have in place for the children and young people on your SEND register, and how the school works collaboratively with other services in the area. They may wish to speak to the children and young people themselves, and potentially their parents/carers. I will ensure that we have clear information beforehand about what they wish to see so that you can prepare for a visit.
It is important to note that this is not an inspection of the school, and inspectors will not make a judgement about the effectiveness of provision. However they would make further enquiries if they became aware of a safeguarding concern.
Further details about the inspection framework can be found in the link below: