Between 11 and 15 March 2019 Calderdale’s frontline education and health and care provision services supporting those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) were scrutinised as part of the national framework for inspecting local areas.
The report into local SEND services found that:
- We engage well with children and young people with SEND and their families.
- Children and young people with SEND have a strong voice in shaping provision and services.
- We know the strengths and weaknesses in our local area’s SEND arrangements.
- Local area leaders are ambitious for children and young people with SEND in Calderdale.
- We are making strong progress in implementing the 2014 reforms.
- ’Leaders know children and young people’s needs very well. Strategic decisions to expand opportunities for social development, employment and independent living in Calderdale fully reflect the aspirations of young people.”
The inspection, led by the Local Authority and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, considered how everyone in the area is identifying, meeting needs and improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND. The inspection was completed by Ofsted and the CQC (Care Quality Commission).
The inspectors held a range of focus groups and visited a number of settings. They met with parents and with children, young people. Parents were also able to contribute directly to the inspectors and participate in a webinar. We want to thank parents, children and young people for their contribution to the inspection.
You can read the report here: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/sites/default/files/Joint-local-area-SEND-inspection-in-Calderdale.pdf
All Ofsted’s activity, reports and ratings in regards to Calderdale can be found here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/44/80444
The report reflects the hard work, passion, commitment and drive from colleagues, teams, partners, young people and parent and carers to improve outcomes and the lived experience for children and young people with SEND in Calderdale and confirms our commitment to co-production.
There are lots of strengths detailed in the report along with some areas for development. We are already aware and working on the areas we need to continue to develop and improve.
Across Calderdale we are determined to continue to jointly work together with parents, children and young people to continuously improve outcomes which will lead to further improvements for our children, young people and families. Our action plans will be updated to ensure they capture the areas for development effectively.
Unlike other inspections, a judgement is not provided; however, where inspectors find areas of significant weakness, they can require the local area to complete a written statement of action (WSOA). Calderdale is not required to produce a written statement of action.