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CQC and Ofsted Inspection of SEND

Inspector talking to family

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

Special Education Needs and Disability Ofsted report published

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.


Peterborough Special Educational Needs written statement of action

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.

View a copy of the the full statement here.