From Monday 2 March to Friday 6 March 2020, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out a joint inspection of special educational needs and/or disabilities SEND planning and services in Norfolk.
The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:
- identifies children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
- assesses and meets the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
- improves outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.
You can give your views from today until Tuesday 3 March by means of an online webinar if you have children or young people with SEND aged 0–25 and you live in Norfolk or access services there. Here is the link to it: http://bit.ly/LASENDWebinarNorfolkCountyCouncil
The webinar is like an online Powerpoint presentation, with a voice reading the screens to you, but 12 times during the presentation you are asked to answer a question. These are quick ‘polls’ – usually just with an option of a yes/no/don’t know answer, and you need to answer quite quickly before the webinar moves on.
When you have reached the end of the webinar, you have the option to give more information by clicking on a speech bubble at top left. The webinar tells you how to do this. You have one hour to fill in this part. A voice will warn you every 15 minutes that the hour is passing.
You really need a desktop computer or laptop to do this. Accessing the webinar on a phone would be very difficult, if not impossible.
Please give as much detail as you can about your brief answers to the polls. You may want to make some quick notes about what you want to include.
If you have more than one child with SEND, use this part of the webinar to explain how effectively they have each been identified, assessed and supported.
There is a word limit for each panel of the ‘more information’ part, but if you run out of space, simply ‘send’ that part and start a new answer, referencing the same question number.
The inspectors are only interested in what has happened since September 2014, when the SEND reforms happened, so don’t spend time giving information about anything before then.
It’s important to understand that although the inspectors are very interested in the experiences of families, they will use this information to write a letter to the local authority about what they need to do to improve services, they won’t investigate or try to sort out any issues about individual children. That’s not part of their job. They do encourage you to complain formally though, if you feel you and your children have not been fairly or legally treated.
The webinar can be re-accessed if additional time is required to make comment.
When you reach the end of what you want to say, send #final and close the webinar by means of the bottom symbol at top left.
If you are unable to access the webinar, the inspectors would still like to hear from you. You can email them your views and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please share this news with anyone you know who has a child or young person
O–25 with SEND.