On Tuesday 9th June Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will publish its joint area special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) inspection report.

The report, which will be available on their website and focuses on the area’s effectiveness in implementing the 2014 disability and special educational needs reforms.

You can read the letter sent to Norfolk County Council here.  

However in brief these are the key finding:

  • Too many children and young people with SEND in Norfolk have not benefited from the disability and special educational needs reforms.
  • Far too many EHC Plans and annual reviews are not meeting the statutory timelines and Leaders do not know enough about the outcomes for children and young people with SEND who are not in receipt of an EHC plan.
  • Provision for young people aged 18 to 25 years is poorly planned and uncoordinated. Young people and their families are not supported well enough to live fulfilled lives as they transition into adulthood. A lack of information, advice, guidance and timely support means that families face a ‘cliff edge’ as their children approach adulthood.
  • The long waiting times for diagnosis, poor access to services, and a lack of confidence in some schools have led many families to lose confidence in leaders’ ability to help their children.
  • Frontline professionals are not being consistently empowered by leaders to explain to parents and carers what is being done to address problems in provision for children and young people with SEND, or where families can get help. Consequently, families receive incomplete, unhelpful or contradictory information. This often means that families feel as though they are being bounced around services with little or no help.
SENsational Families is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1173051.
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