Ofsted/CQC SEND Inspection – Report

December 23, 2019

From 30 September to 4 October 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited Essex to inspect how effectively the local area fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The general election meant that Ofsted could not publish our SEND local area inspection (LA) report within the normal 38 days of visiting due to purdah.
On 23 December, Ofsted published the inspection report letter on their website. You can find a link to the report in this letter.  
A message from Ray Gooding – Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Essex County Council:
“Essex County Council and the five Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups fully accept the outcome of the Ofsted/CQC inspection of the local area’s effectiveness in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms (as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014) Prior to the inspection we had already begun an improvement and development journey as our own self-assessment had identified significant areas that require improvement; this was confirmed by the inspection
We see the report as a constructive part of this journey and take seriously the need to address, and improve on, the specific areas for improvement identified within the report. We are all ready for the challenge ahead and are committed to improving our SEND services for Essex children, young people and their families, working alongside Essex Family Forum to do so.”