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Improving special educational needs and disability services


Local Area Inspection of Surrey's SEND services

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the Surrey local area from 17 to 21 October 2016 to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

Inspectors spoke with children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, parents and carers, representatives of the local authority and National Health Service (NHS) officers. They visited a range of providers and spoke to leaders, staff and governors about how they were implementing the special educational needs reforms. Inspectors looked at a range of information about the performance of the local area, including the local area's self-evaluation. Inspectors also met with leaders from the local area for health, social care and education. Inspectors reviewed performance data and evidence about the local offer and joint commissioning.

The inspection focused on three key lines of enquiry:

  • The effectiveness of the local area in identifying children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • The effectiveness of the local area in assessing and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • The effectiveness of the local area in improving outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

The outcome of the inspection is available in the published findings letter.

Surrey SEND Written Statement of Action

The Surrey SEND written statement of action (pdf) sets out the additional focussed activity that has been put in place to address a number of issues raised in the inspection around the quality and consistency of SEND services to support children and young people. Ofsted and CQC have confirmed that this approach is fit for purpose and that it holds children and families at its heart. A further background document (pdf) outlines the learning and commitment of local area leaders to pursue further improvements for children and families.

Progress report - June 2017

A progress report (pdf) setting out the key activities and progress made against each of the goals since the launch of the SEND Development Plan in spring 2016, was published June 2017.

SEND strategy consultation 2018-19

The SEND strategy consultation asked for views on how to strengthen support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The consultation period ran from Tuesday 30 October 2018 until Friday 4 January 2019. For further information, please refer to the SEND strategy document, which explains the approach in greater detail; visit Surrey's consultation website.

Evidence to the Parliamentary Education Committee Inquiry: SEND

Surrey County Council submitted written evidence (June 2018) to the Parliamentary Education Committee Inquiry that is reviewing the implementation of the SEND reforms (since 2015) and the impact for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Read the evidence submitted to the Parliamentary Education Committee: SEND (pdf).

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