Ben, a young man from Hertfordshire who attends the Ambitious About Autism College met Edward Timpson MP today when he officially opened the college.
Update on Inspection of Hertfordshire by Ofsted and CQC (Care Quality Commission) – 4th to 8th July 2016
A team of inspectors from Ofsted and CQC visited Hertfordshire to look at how well the Local Authority ie Herts County Council and Health services are doing in implementing the SEND Reforms from the Children and Families Act 2014.
The inspectors held a number of meetings on specific topics with officers from HCC and Health, professionals from different services, parents and parent representatives and also children and young people. The inspectors also visited education settings that they had chosen as well as health services.
HPCI had parent reps at all the key subject meetings and presented inspectors with a written report which is below. We also had a survey out which over 600 parents completed and the results of that are also further down this page. The lead inspector also held a webinar for parents.
Inspection Result – this will be published as a written report early in September and HPCI will let our parent network know the results and what will happen next.
A big thank you to all the parents who took part in our survey and the Ofsted webinar.
27 June 2016
Letter to be circulated to parents and carers by Hertfordshire County Council.
Inspection of Hertfordshire County Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, generic cialis and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities from 4 July 2016 to 8 July 2016
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection of your local area.
The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:
- identifies the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
- meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.
The views of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible. Inspectors will select a range of settings to visit and will work with the local authority and its partners to inform children and young people who attend those settings, and their parents and carers, in advance so that they are able to contribute their views. The inspection will also include an online webinar to allow other Hertfordshire County Council parents and carer to contribute.
The webinar will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 6 July 2016. It will led by Heather Yaxley, Her Majesty’s Inspector, will ask parents and carers about their views and experiences on how effectively Hertfordshire County Council is fulfilling the above responsibilities.
While we understand that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that extend before the implementation of the reforms in September 2014, it is important that this date is used as the start for gathering evidence about the impact of the reforms as part of our new inspections. We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases.
If you would like to take part in this webinar then please follow the following link
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7961711406842876163 or https://bit.ly/HertfordshireSEND
if sent by post.
Agora 6 Cumberland Place Nottingham NG1 6HJ
T 0300 123 1231
Textphone 0161 618 8524
Information on local area duties toward children and young people with special
educational needs and/or disabilities can be found on the Department for Education’s
Her Majesty’s Inspector
Click here for the latest bulletin from Contact a family and the National Network of Parent carer forums.
The Department for Education have confirmed grant funding for parent carer forums at the same level for next year and pledged to continue this funding for 2017/18 too.
We need your help!
Hertfordshire County Council is seeking your views on the education, health and care assessment and planning experience in Hertfordshire.
Please help us develop how we do things in Hertfordshire by completing a national survey.
Your views could help us make a difference to children now and in the future. We look forward to hearing from you.
Any other enquiries should be directed by email to
Please complete the survey online at www.hertsdirect.org/poet
News alert from the Council for Disabled Children
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have just launched a consultation on their proposals for inspecting how local areas are meeting their responsibilities to disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs (SEND).
Following the passage of the Children and Families Act 2014, Ofsted and CQC were invited by the Minister for Children Families, Edward Timpson, to formally inspect local areas on their effectiveness in fulfilling their new duties. The new inspection framework is expected to be in place by May 2016.
The consultation seeks views on a number of proposals for the new inspection arrangements, including how children and young people with SEN and disabilities and their parents can be involved and what information should be considered in the inspection process.
The consultation will run for 3 months and will close on 4th January 2016.
The consultation is online at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/local-area-send-consultation