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Local Area SEND Inspection    

From May 2016 each area of the country is being inspected by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in relation to special educational needs and/or disabilities and the Children and Families Act 2014. Our area is Cornwall. Inspections focus on:

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  • how needs are identified
  • what is in place to meet needs
  • the impact on improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

For more information about the process see the Department for Education website.

The inspections are unannounced and the one for Cornwall took place in July 2017.

Young people, families, health services, health commissioners, the full age range of education providers, the voluntary and charity sector, and all the education and social care services of Cornwall Council took part. There was a thorough assessment of our arrangements for SEND.

All the published letters for Area SEND Inspections from across the country completed to date can be found on the Ofsted Website.

Key outcomes of the inspection of SEND in Cornwall are:

  • what was found lines up with our judgement of ourselves, our self-evaluation, demonstrating a firm foundation from which to develop further
  • “Leaders and managers from education, health and care drive the local area’s strategic direction as outlined in the ‘One Vision’ plan. They are ambitious to improve outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and are delivering improvements despite reducing resources and an increasing demand for services.” Page 2 of SEND Area Inspection letter.
  • all the necessary actions identified in the inspection letter are reflected in Cornwall’s SEND Strategy

In the final weeks of 2016 different people with an interest in special educational needs shared views about special educational needs and/or disability in Cornwall. At face to face meetings, using on line surveys and in groups, young people, family members, and professionals from education, health and social care considered facts and findings about SEND.  This included Cornwall’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) data such as the numbers of children identified with SEN, and how well information about individuals with SEND is shared and used. Statements about how well different aspects of SEND are working in Cornwall had been drawn together from feedback given earlier in the year eg Two Years On Survey, Aiming Higher Conference.

In the surveys and in person people fed back how well they felt the statements reflected their own experience, some bespoke activities were arranged for young people.   Many individuals also took up the opportunity to share very helpful individual comments. More than 200 people took part in some way. Family members and education practitioners were the largest groups of respondents, about a third each.

Responses demonstrated that many people with different roles are committed to SEND and care passionately about improvements for children and young people. The rich range of information and views shared is now being used to inform what is happening next in Cornwall for SEND, for example informing the focus on Preparing for Adulthood developments and the adjustments to Cornwall’s Local Offer website.  Information will be used as strategic priorities are adjusted in 2017 as part of our shared 'Assess - Plan - Do - Review' cycle.

The consultation exercise has identified our top priorities as:

  • Early years High Needs
  • Post 16 High Needs
  • SEN Support
  • Preparing for Adulthood
  • Autism
  • Joint Commissioning
  • Local Offer and Communications

To see summaries of feedback as graphs and charts about aspects of SEND that are of interest to you eg views of young people about school, SEN support please see the documents below.

It is planned that this activity will be repeated again in 18 months time so that we can together assess improvements to aspects of SEND.

If you have any difficulty accessing the survey information or have other feedback you wish to share please contact send@cornwall.gov.uk.