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Local Area SEND Inspection

Ofsted and CQC jointly inspect local area partnerships to see how well they work together to improve the experiences and outcomes of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

West Sussex was last inspected in 2018 and we are anticipating that we we will have our second inspection in 2023. The criteria for Local Area SEND Inspections are laid out in the recently updated Area SEND inspections: framework and handbook.   

Information about inspections

The Department for Education has created some guides for parents, carers, children and young people which can be found here.  These explain how families can play their part in the inspections, through surveys, working with the West Sussex Parent Carer Forum or through tracking meetings.  Tracking meetings are an opportunity for inspectors to hear directly about children and young people’s experiences and outcomes. Inspectors will hold tracking meetings with children and young people, their families (if appropriate) and the practitioners who work with them.