Joint local area SEND inspection in Herefordshire

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From 26 to 30 September 2016, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Herefordshire to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

The inspection was led by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) from Ofsted. The team members were an Ofsted Inspector and a Children’s Services Inspector from the CQC.

Inspectors spoke with children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, parents and carers, representatives of the local authority and National Health Service (NHS) officers. They visited a range of providers and spoke to leaders, staff and governors about how they were implementing the special educational needs reforms. Inspectors looked at a range of information about the performance of the local area, including the local area’s self-evaluation. Inspectors also met with leaders from the local area for health, social care and education. Inspectors reviewed performance data and evidence about the local offer and joint commissioning.

This letter outlines the findings from the inspection, including some areas of strength and areas for further improvement.

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