SEND Local Area Review
Inspection of support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
In November, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission inspected the way professionals at the county council, in local health services and schools work with families in Staffordshire to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
This was part of a Local Area Review.
The inspection report can be found on Ofsted’s website.
We want children with special educational needs and disabilities to achieve and thrive.
The inspection report highlights some strengths in the way we support this to happen, but there are also several areas of concern.
The main one is that the different parts of the system (education, health and care) do not work together or with families well enough.
In Staffordshire, the system of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities is under pressure. The number of children with a special educational need or disability has increased by a third in the last five years and national funding has not kept pace with this.
This is a challenge, but we will work together with local families to take action and improve the way they are supported.
As part of this, families and professionals can be part of a working group that will submit a ‘joint statement of action’ to Ofsted in April 2019.
We will include feedback we have received during consultation on Staffordshire’s SEND Strategy to join this work together.
If you would like to hear about progress or know how to get involved, please sign up to the 'Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Parent Update' at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/stayconnected
Where to get support
Find out more about the support available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in Staffordshire at Staffordshire Connects.
You might also want to get in touch with SENDIASS - Staffordshire Family Partnership.