Redbridge receives positive outcome from joint local area SEND inspection

Published: 3 August 2018

Redbridge received a positive outcome from the joint local area SEND inspection.

The joint inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was carried out in June 2018 and assessed the borough’s progress in implementing the Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms, introduced in 2014.

Alongside reviewing performance data, inspectors met with leaders from the local area for health, social care and education. They also spoke with children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities and their parents and carers, to gather their findings.

The report recognised:

  • the well-established arrangements and strong multi agency approach to identify the needs of children early in their lives
  • the offer made by schools, which was recorded as ‘high quality’ and as having a positive impact on pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities.
  • That safeguarding and young people’s safety was well managed by the Borough with a strong focus on issues that affect young people.

The arrangements for supporting young people and the training for staff and governors provided by the Council and special schools was recognised as being effective in helping schools implement reforms, as was the support given to pupils transitioning from primary to secondary school. Inspectors also praised the presence of a specialist school nurse in the Redbridge Youth Offending Service to identify health needs of young people at risk of offending. The Council is not required to submit a written statement of action following the inspection but will be producing an action plan with its partners to address the areas for development identified by Ofsted, for example addressing the variability in the quality of its documentation and improving the support for young people preparing for adulthood.

Cllr Elaine Norman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said, ‘We are very pleased with this report. We recognise that, no matter how good we are, there are always areas for improvement. Work has already begun to ensure that we make the necessary adjustments to provide a high-quality service that our young people and their families need now and in the future.’

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