Shropshire Council

SEND local area inspections

Over the next five years Ofsted and CQC are carrying out inspections to evaluate how effectively local areas fulfil their responsibilities in relation to children and young people with SEND. This isn't just an inspection of the local authority, but also includes clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), public health and NHS England for specialist services.

As part of the inspection process, the team will visit providers to collect evidence which will inform them of the effectiveness of the local area in assessing how all providers, and other agencies, work collaboratively to improve the life chances of children and young people with SEND. Inspectors will be exploring the focus areas outlined below, and may want to talk to children and young people, parents and carers and senior managers. Inspectors may contact providers and services outside the local area who support Shropshire children and young people who have SEND.

The inspection team will focus on the following key areas:

  • How effectively the local area identifies children and young people who have SEND
  • How effectively the local area meets the needs and improves the outcomes of children and young people with SEND

Inspectors will be looking at identification, provision and outcomes of learners identified at SEN support, as well as those with a statement or EHCP. 

Inspectors will also evaluate how education, health and social care services work together in the best interests of children and young people and minimise unnecessary duplication, and will consider how effectively assessment and reviews are coordinated, especially at each stage of the young person’s transition towards adulthood. 

Considering the views of children and young people who have SEND and their families 

Inspectors want to meet parents and carers who are representative of the local area, and may ask to meet parents/carers as part of a visit to a setting, school or college. The inspectors may also want to talk to learners with SEND to seek their views on the support they receive. They may review case studies, inspection reports and evidence of outcomes.

PACC, the parent carer forum, will take the lead in engaging the parent carer community they're linked to. There will also be opportunities for parent carers not connected to the parent carer forum to offer their feedback through a variety of means, including surveys, webinars and meetings within schools or colleges, where identified by inspectors, including Sevendale Specialist Academy.

Following the inspection, Ofsted and CQC will publish a report in the form of an outcome letter that will be sent to the local authority in its lead role for the local area. This report will outline a summary of their findings, including key strengths and areas requiring further development.

Find out more about the inspection framework.