The focus of the Ofsted SEND inspection will be all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in our area, including those with an Education Health & Care Plans and those at the SEN support level in schools.
We do not know when Newcastle will be inspected but it is important that all partners, young people, parents and carers actively prepare for the inspection so that we can showcase the excellent practice that exists across Newcastle.
We want to continually build upon the excellent progress that has been made since the SEND reforms were first introduced in 2014. This briefing note provides key information in relation to what we expect to see through the inspection and looks at how you can be prepared for it.
SEND & Vulnerable Learners Spring Briefing Update
Please find attached a copy of the SEND & Vulnerable Learners Spring Briefing Update which outlines some of the changes to SEND processes from 1st April 2018.
SEND and Vulnerable Learners Update
As you will know, there have been a lot of positive changes to the organisation of SEND in Newcastle over last twelve months following the reform of the national SEND strategy. This briefing is to keep you up to date with changes and proposed developments around SEND in the city.
New User Accounts - Services to Schools
If you require a user account to access documents, training, information etc. on Services to Schools, please ask the Headteacher or School Business Manager to complete and return the attached form.
Please note it is up to the school to decided which staff should be given access to the system.
If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ofsted/CQC Open Meeting 1 May 18 for parents/carers
From 30 April – 4 May 2018, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection of Newcastle upon Tyne local area which will include an open meeting to allow parents and carers in the Newcastle upon Tyne area to contribute.
The open meeting will be led by Gina White, Her Majesty’s Inspector. James Hourigan, OFSTED Inspector and Elaine Croll, from the Care Quality Commission will also be in attendance. The team will ask parents and carers about their views and experiences on how effectively the Newcastle upon Tyne local area is fulfilling their responsibilities.
The focus will be:
How well the local area identifies and assesses the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
How well it meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.
The discussions and evidence gathered during this open meeting are in relation to the reforms from September 2014 and cannot address individual cases.
The open meeting will be on Tuesday 1 May 2018 from 11.45 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. at Newcastle Civic Centre.