A new consultation launched by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is looking for feedback on proposals for a new joint framework for inspecting provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) within a local area.

The press release for the consultation says the new framework “will build on and strengthen accountability for local areas” by:

  • introducing an ongoing cycle of inspections and 3 distinct inspection outcomes.
  • carrying out engagement meetings in all areas.
  • strengthening Ofsted’s response where there are concerns through monitoring inspections and/or early re-inspections.
  • promoting continuous improvement for all by requesting visible action plans following full inspections

The initiative includes a second consultation exclusively for children so they can share their thoughts and recommendations as well.

A description added on the page for the adult consultation says, “We are seeking the widest possible range of views from those who have an interest in, or expertise relating to, disability, special educational needs (SEN) and/or alternative provision.

We particularly want to hear from children and young people who have SEND, and their parents and carers.

We are also keen to hear from local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, professionals and practitioners involved in the commissioning and delivery of services to children and young people with SEND.”

You can access the adult version of the consultation here.

The deadline to submit responses to the consultation is .