SEND Inspection Report 2018
In March 2018, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission inspected how effectively the special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision is delivered in Worcestershire by the Council together with NHS Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups. Inspectors looked at the local information that is provided across the county on services to support children and young people and their parents and carers. They reviewed joint commissioning between health services and the Council, and the way schools support children in mainstream education. Inspectors also looked at assessments and planning for children and young people with special educational needs and disability.
A SEND strategy for Worcestershire has been put in to place and we are also looking at the feedback that the Peer Review told us last year. Improvements were recognised by inspectors but it was found that children and young people who have SEND are not provided with the quality of support and service they are entitled to.
Read the inspection report at Ofsted website (opens in a new window)
The WSoA has been prepared together with Health colleagues, parents and carers, head teachers and other key stakeholders.
The Council has been working together with NHS Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups to produce and submit an action plan to Ofsted that details how we are going to improve things.
The Written Statement of Action (WSoA) was submitted to OFSTED on Monday 20 September. Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) were responsible for evaluating the WSoA. Ofsted and the CQC jointly evaluated the written statement of action. The statement of action is deemed to be fit for purpose, with some minor amendments, in setting out how the local area will tackle the significant areas of weakness identified in the published report letter. Amendments were made by the Local Area and resubmitted to Ofsted for publication on Friday 12th October. The Local Area partners are working together to make the improvements detailed in the WSoA.
SEND Inspection 5 to 9 March 2018
Inspection of Worcestershire’s local areas' effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out jointly an inspection of Worcestershire between 5 and 9 March 2018. Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:
- identifies the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
- meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.
Information on local area duties toward children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities can be found on the Department for Education’s website (opens in a new window).
The inspection will result in a written letter setting out our strengths and areas for improvement. This will be published during or after May 2018.
Peer Review – 4 to 7 December 2017
Worcestershire County Council asked for a peer review of SEND services to be carried out by the Local Government Association (more information in the downloads below). The Council and its key partners in this work intend to use the peer review to help identify where it is doing well and where it can improve. More information about the peer review is in the below documents. The peer review team will send a full report later in January 2018 and we will take recommendations forward in our action plan. In the meantime, the below points are the key considerations provided by the peer reviewers:
- deliver on your SEND strategy, taking every opportunity to engage staff and stakeholders in the next steps …“Do it with us, not to us”
- re-focus your relationships with schools – how you monitor, support, challenge and intervene for the benefit of children and young people with SEND
- consult and implement on a solution to meet the needs of children and young people with EHCPs where the requirement for specialist provision has been identified
- when appropriate, review the impact of learning services both within WCC and those commissioned, to benefit outcomes for children and young people
Download: About the Peer Review
Download: About the Peer Review (easy read)
Download: WCC SEND Peer Review Report