We welcome your views on our proposed changes to the way Ofsted and CQC jointly inspect area SEND arrangements from 2023.

In particular we are seeking views on our proposals which aim to:
  • focus our inspections not just on whether statutory obligations have been met but on the impact that a local area partnership’s SEND arrangements has on the experiences and outcomes of children and young people.
  • strengthen accountability and drive continuous improvement by introducing:
    • an ongoing cycle of inspections, which include full inspections, monitoring visits and annual engagement meetings
    • 3 inspection outcomes, which provide clearer information about how an area is performing, what needs to improve and who is accountable
    • an expectation that all areas produce and publish a strategic plan for SEND, which is updated following inspection
  • gather more evidence directly from children and young people and their families, ensuring that their views and experiences are central to our inspections
  • look more closely at arrangements for children and young people in alternative provision
  • include social care inspectors in our inspection teams, so that we can gain a more holistic view of the impact of SEND services in an area.
We are consulting on 9 proposals based on these aims. We are also asking a tenth question about how to make surveys more accessible for children and young people.

Your feedback will help us to refine our plans and our draft handbook before the launch of the new inspection in 2023.

Supporting documentation

The consultation document, and other supporting material, including the draft inspection handbook, is available from the Ofsted website. Please refer to them when completing the survey.

Closing date

The closing date for this consultation is 11 September 2022 at 11:45pm
If you have any difficulties using this smart survey, please email with the details.