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Local Offer – Ofsted and Care Quality Commission SEND inspection

South Gloucestershire Local Area Written Statement of Action for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) April 2018

Between 6 November 2017 and 10 November 2017, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the South Gloucestershire local area to judge its effectiveness in implementing the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

As a result of the findings of the inspection, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) determined that a Written Statement of Action is required to address eight areas of significant weakness in the local area’s practice.

South Gloucestershire Council and the NHS South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are jointly responsible for submitting the written statement which has been produced in conjunction with South Gloucestershire Parents and Carers Forum.

May 2018: We have written to parents and carers to explain that the statement of action and SEND strategy have been published as well as an update on recent developments. We have also shared a document about South Gloucestershire Council’s 0-25 service structure changes.

December 2017: Ofsted and CQC joint local area SEND inspection in South Gloucestershire

Ofsted and CQC joint local area SEND inspection in South Gloucestershire.

The SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) inspection report by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has come back to us earlier than expected. Therefore, following our letter in November 2017 thanking everyone for contributing to the inspection, the council and local Clinical Commissioning Group have published it today (Wednesday 20 December 2017).

We have also jointly issued a letter to all parents and carers of children with SEND to update everyone on the findings of the inspection and on the progress of the work being carried out locally.

Between 6 and 10 November 2017, a team of inspectors looked at how effectively services provided by the council, education settings and the NHS identify and meet the needs of children and young people with SEND, and how their outcomes can be improved.

The main findings of the statutory inspection highlight strengths and areas where improvements need to be made. The council and NHS partners at the CCG will now develop a Written Statement of Action to address the main findings of the report, which has to be published within 70 days.

This inspection provides an overall assessment of how the council, education and health services are providing special educational needs and disability services across South Gloucestershire. It is separate to the Ofsted inspection of children’s services which was published in February this year and as such does not provide a rating of good, requires improvement or inadequate.

 

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