In the next one to two years, there will be a Local Area Ofsted Inspection across Somerset. This inspection will look at the local areas' effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.
The Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection provides an assessment of how well the local area is meeting the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), and how well service providers work together to deliver positive outcomes.
The inspectors will ask Somerset County Council to email a letter from Ofsted and CQC to schools/academies/ early years settings and colleges for them to send to their parents. Once it is confirmed that the inspection will take place, it is vitally important that the school send out this notification letter and inform parents and carers of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, who are resident in the local area. The letter will explain how they can contribute their views of the services as part of the inspection. Ofsted and CQC will provide a draft letter for this purpose that may be adapted as necessary.
During the visit, inspectors will request the local area nominated officer to arrange opportunities for inspectors to talk directly with parents and carers to hear their views and discuss their involvements in identifying and assessing their children's needs.
It is important that parents and carers have a voice and can share their views about their experience of support for SEND in the local area during the inspection process.
For further information about the inspection, please visit the inspection framework and handbook.