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Joint local area SEND inspection revisit

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Between 24 and 27 May 2021, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) revisited Birmingham to decide whether sufficient progress has been made in addressing the areas of significant weakness detailed in the written statement of action issued in September 2018.

As a result of the findings of the initial inspection, and in accordance with the Children Act 2004 (Joint Area Reviews) Regulations 2015, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) had determined that a written statement of action was required because of significant areas of weakness in the local area’s practice. HMCI determined that the local authority and the area’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) were jointly responsible for submitting the written statement to Ofsted and it was declared fit for purpose in January 2019.

The revisit inspection in May 2021 was led by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors from Ofsted and a Children’s Services Inspector from CQC. Inspectors spoke with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), parents and carers, headteachers, special educational needs coordinators (SENCos), the parent carer forum (PCF) and local authority and National Health Service (NHS) officers.

Inspectors looked at a range of information about the performance of the local area in addressing the 13 significant weaknesses identified at the initial inspection, including the area’s improvement plans and self-evaluation. Inspectors also looked at a sample of education, health and care (EHC) plans and evaluated the online local offer. Inspectors considered the 641 responses to the parent and carer survey.

They found that the area has made sufficient progress in addressing one of the 13 significant weaknesses identified at the initial inspection. The area has not made sufficient progress in addressing 12 significant weaknesses.

Click here for documents relating to the SEND inspection revisit.