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SEND inspections from May 2016

Local public services are to be assessed on how well they fulfil their responsibilities to children with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will assess how well local authorities, schools, nurseries and health services are providing services to meet their needs. These include speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and mental health services. The inspection reports will also highlight good practice in local areas, which Ofsted says will encourage other areas to adopt similar models. 

This will be the first time that services will be examined specifically on their obligations towards children with special educational needs and disability which Ofsted state is “to act as a catalyst for improvement".

“The overall aim is to see all children and young people with special educational needs do well in education, be more independent, find employment and be an increasing part of their local communities,” the inspectorate said.