The SEND inspectors are coming!

10th February 2022

TAGS inspection, SEND inspection

  • Inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission are coming back to Sheffield on 21-23 February. They want to find out if provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has improved since their last visit in November 2018.

    The inspectors will ONLY look at the areas of weakness they had identified back in 2018. These were:

    • No co-produced SEND strategy for the city
    • Issues with communication between local authority leaders, parents and children
    • Poor strategic oversight of SEND arrangements by the Clinical Commissioning Group
    • Weaknesses in commissioning arrangements
    • Issues with the quality and timeliness of EHC plans
    • Inconsistencies in identifying, assessing and meeting the needs of learners with SEND in mainstream schools
    • Issues with transition arrangements

    Give your views!

    • Take part in an online survey. This will go live at noon on Monday 14 February, and will close at noon on Friday 18 February.
    • Email the inspectors at
    • Take part in a virtual meeting. There will be separate meetings for parents and for younger and older children and young people. Parents need to give consent for their child to take part. You can join the meetings by clicking on the links below. You’ll need to install the Microsoft Teams app if you’re using a mobile phone.
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