Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a joint inspection of our local area between 3 -14 June 2019.
Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services providing for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
The inspection evaluated how effectively the local area:
- identified the needs of children and young people with SEND
- met the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve
The results of an Ofsted inspection which reviewed how the city council and its partners are delivering services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has been published.
The inspection took place in June and involved interviews with children and young, parents and carers and officers from Peterborough City Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Inspectors identified a host of strengths in the services provided and also a number of areas for improvement.
Inspectors were encouraged that many of the areas they identified for improvement were already known to leaders and that steps are being taken to address these, although it is too early to see the impact.
You can read more information about the council's response in this News document.
Between 10 and 14 June 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Peterborough 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.
The inspection determined that a written statement of action (an action plan) was required because of areas of weakness in the local area’s practice.
Peterborough’s written statement of action describes how improvements will be made and by when.
Ofsted and the CQC are expected to revisit Peterborough within 18 months to see if enough improvement has been made against the areas of weakness. We will provide an update again, once they have revisited.
Quality Assurance of Education Health and Care Plans
As part of the Written Statement of Action (WSoA) following the CQC and Ofsted inspection of SEND in Peterborough in 2019, a Quality Assurance (QA) framework for SEND was developed and adopted by the Peterborough SEND partnership. The QA framework is a key element in driving improvement in outcomes for children and young adults with SEND in Peterborough.
The Quality Assurance framework includes processes for auditing Education Health and Care Plans at a variety of stages, including auditing of recently issued EHCPs by a multi-agency panel. Auditing will also take place on Information and advice offered by all services as part of Needs Assessment, on draft EHCPs and Annual reviews.
Audit findings will be collated and reported to the Peterborough SEND Partnership and will inform improvement plans and training activity. More information about audit tools can be found on the SEND Resources page.