SEND Accelerated Progress Plan (APP)
Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a revisit inspection in November 2021. This letter feeding back their findings is now available at the link below and has been published on the Ofsted website. We are working hard to respond to these findings and make sure we build on the progress and address the four remaining areas of concern.
In response to the report, the Department for Education (DfE) and CQC have asked us to produce an action plan (Accelerated Progress Plan) which set out the following for each of the areas of concern:
- The actions we have taken since the revisit and will take in the next 12 months to address the concerns
- The milestones we are working towards, being clear on the improvements we will have delivered after 3, 6 and 12 months
- The impact measures we will be using to judge our success
- How the experience for children and families will be different as a result of the actions we are taking
The Worcestershire Local Area SEND Accelerated Progress Plan (APP) has now been approved by the DfE and NHS.
We are grateful to all parents, carers and professionals who have come together to work with us on the development and delivery of this plan.
A copy of the plan and an additional summary are available to download from the following links:
Worcestershire Ofsted SEND re-inspection
An inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) into Worcestershire’s approach to special education needs and disability (SEND) has recognised that sufficient progress has been made in many areas of the service.
The report acknowledges that the local area has made sufficient progress in eight out of the twelve significant weaknesses identified at the initial inspection in 2018.
Following the 3-day inspection that took place between 1 to 3 November 2021, inspectors reported that leaders have put systems in place that effectively monitor vulnerable children and young people who are placed in Worcestershire from other local authorities, including children and young people with SEND.
The reported added that NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commission Group (CCG) has shown increased investment and commitment in their focus on children and young people with SEND and the development of Worcestershire Children First has resulted in a single, centralised organisation that now works in a cohesive structure in partnership with health services.
Many thanks to all the children and young people with SEND and the parents and carers who shared their experiences with inspectors.
SEND Improvement Journey
We have produced the following summary videos which outline the work we have done so far.
SEND Inspection Report 2018
In March 2018, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission inspected how effectively the special educational needs and disability 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.
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)
SEND Action Plan
The Council worked together with NHS Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups to produce and submit an action plan to Ofsted that details how the local area will tackle the significant areas of weakness identified in the inspection report.
A Written Statement of Action was prepared together with health colleagues, parents and carers, head teachers and other key stakeholders. The Written Statement of Action was evaluated by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission and published in October 2018.
Local Area partners are working together to deliver the improvements detailed in the Written Statement of Action with progress monitored through a SEND Improvement Board.
See our strategy documents and latest progress reports at the SEND strategy page.