Open consultation: Local area SEND consultation

Source: Ofsted and Care Quality Commission, 12 October 2015

This consultation closes at 4 January 2016

The inspection of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who are disabled and have special educational needs.

This is a consultation on Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission’s proposals for inspecting how effectively local areas fulfil their responsibilities towards children and young people who are disabled and/or have special educational needs under section 20 of the Children Act 2004. The consultation document sets out the principles under which the 2 inspectorates propose to undertake these joint inspections.

We are seeking the widest possible range of views from those who have an interest in, or expertise relating to disability and special educational needs. We particularly want to hear from disabled young people and those who have special educational needs and their parents and carers.

A further version of this consultation is provided to support the contribution of young people.

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Consultation on SEND Accountability launched. We look at the big picture

Extract from Special Needs Jungle, 13 October 2015

So finally, what we have been waiting for – the public consultation for setting up a system of accountability for the new(ish) Special Educational Needs and Disability system.

Of course this should have been firmly in place over a year ago and could have played an important role in helping LAs and schools get implementation right. The question remains, why it is only now, a year and half a term into implementation, that we are just looking at figuring out what a framework for accountability should look like. Ho hum.

We reported back in March on the announcement that there would be an Ofsted (education) and Care Quality Commission (health & social care)-led Accountability Framework. Since then, while it may seem to have gone quiet, the two bodies have held discussions with young people, their parents and carers, SEND support groups, LAs and health groups to create the key proposals for the consultation.

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