Ofsted and CQC respond to consultation on SEND inspections

In October 2015, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) launched a consultation on proposals to inspect the SEND provision in local areas.

By the time the public consultation had closed in January earlier this year, over 2000 responses were made. As a result of the feedback, Ofsted and CQC have announced that they have decided to extend the notice period for inspections from 2 to 5 days. This will ensure that everyone involved in inspections including young people, parents and carers have more time to provide their views about local education, health and social care services.

Over the coming months Ofsted and CQC will be preparing an inspection framework and handbook which will be published before the inspections take place in May.