Local authorities will be inspected specifically on their special educational needs provision from May next year.
For the first time Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will inspect local authorities – as well as nurseries, schools, further education and health services – on how they identify and support children and young people with special educational needs, it was announced today. The two watchdogs are consulting on the proposals until early January.
These inspections will include a closer look at mental health services, language therapy and physiotherapy provision for children with specialist needs.
Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director for education, said the watchdog would look carefully at how local areas identified the needs of young people.
“We will want to see evidence that the children and young people are progressing well, to their next stage of education or employment. Effective local area support is crucial for these children and young people who really need them,” Harford said.
The two watchdogs are looking for feedback on these proposals:
The consultation closes on 4 January 2016.
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