On Wednesday 28th August OFSTED published the Joint Local Area SEND Inspection on Derby’s services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
In June Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a joint inspection of the local area to judge how well the SEND reforms have been implemented across the city.
Together with our partners at NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), we welcome the findings of the inspection which echo our own appraisal of where we are with the provision of SEND services and the direction and journey we’re already taking to improve these.
While we’re pleased and reassured that actions already in place across the local area have been recognised as strengths which we can build upon, and inspectors have highlighted the positive results children with SEND are achieving, we fully recognise this inspection has outlined much work is still needed to raise standards and improve areas of significant weakness.
Our immediate focus is to now produce a Written Statement of Action which will clearly explain how we will tackle the areas of weakness identified in the inspection. Tomorrow (Thursday 29th August) and Friday (30th August) leaders and professionals from across the local area will meet to agree how improvements will be made and by when. A further workshop is planned for September to keep up momentum and ensure learning is embedded throughout the local area.
The Written Statement of Action will be shared with Ofsted and the CQC in early autumn. Ofsted and the CQC inspectors will revisit Derby within 18 months to see if enough improvement has been made against the areas of weakness. We expect this to happen towards the end of 2021.