Local area special educational needs inspection in Southend-on-Sea

Between 1 October 2018 and 5 October 2018, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission, conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Southend-onSea.
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Inspectors spoke with children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and parents and carers, along with local authority and NHS officers.

They visited a range of providers and spoke to leaders, staff and governors about how they are implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms. Inspectors looked at a range of information about the performance of the local area, including the local area’s self-evaluation.

Inspectors met with leaders from the local area for health, social care and education. They reviewed performance data and evidence about the local offer and joint commissioning.

As a result of the findings of this inspection and in accordance with the Children Act 2004 (Joint Area Reviews) Regulations 2015, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) has determined that a Written Statement of Action is required because of significant areas of weakness in the local area’s practice.

HMCI has also determined that the local authority and the area’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) are jointly responsible for submitting the written statement to Ofsted.

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