Portsmouth Local Area SEND Inspection July 2019
Address: Portsmouth Local Area SEND Inspection July 2019, Inclusion Civic Offices Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AL
Inspection of Portsmouth local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of,
and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs
and/or disabilities (SEND) from Monday 1 July 2019 to Friday 5 July 2019.
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection of the local area. Under the Children and Families Act 2014,
the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for children and young people with SEND.
The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:
- Identifies the needs of children and young people with SEND
- Meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve
What is the Local Area SEND Inspection?
In May 2016, a new type of inspection started. Ofsted (who inspect schools) and the Care Quality Commission
(CQC – inspectors of health and care services) agreed to carry out joint inspections of local areas. They wanted to see how well local areas were
doing in supporting children with Special Education Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and their families.
What happens during the Inspection?
Inspectors spend five days in Portsmouth. They will visit early years settings, schools and colleges. They want to gather the views of parents,
carers and young people.
Inspectors will look at how well the local area ( Including Education, Health and Care services) works together to make sure that children and
young people with SEND are identified, assessed and supported.
How do Local Areas find out about the Inspection?
Local areas get five days notice of an inspection, to give enough time to let people know. This has been announced on the
How do Parent Carers and Young People get to meet the Inspectors?
- During their visits to settings, schools or colleges
- Get in touch with your local parent carer forum.
The inspectors choose who they speak to and will set up a timetable of meetings, not the local authority.
It may be best to meet inspectors with a group. Get in touch with your local parent carer forum. This is Portsmouth Parent Voice.
Portsmouth Parent Voice are holding a SEND Inspection Parent Carer Participation meeting on Tuesday 2nd July 2019.
If you would like to attend the meeting and share your views please contact Portsmouth Parent Voice or book a place using the link below:
If you are a young Person in Portsmouth you can speak to Dynamite - the Young People's SEND group.
How do I find out about the outcome of the SEND Inspection?
When Inspectors have finished they will write a report which will tell us about all the things they have found. The inspection letter will be published on this page once we have recieved it.
Further Information on Local Area SEND Inspections
Click here to read the governement Information sheet for families on the SEND inspections.