Update: 16 April 2020
Essex Written Statement of Action
From 30 September to 4 October 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited Essex to inspect how effectively the local area fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
Ofsted published the inspection report letter on their website. You can find a link to the report in this letter.
Essex County Council and the five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) jointly submitted a written statement of action, which had been coproduced in partnership with the independent parent/carer forum, Essex Family Forum on 27 March 2020.
Ofsted and CQC deemed the statement of action to be fit for purpose in setting out how the local area will tackle the three significant areas of weakness identified in the published report letter. Ofsted acknowledged that during the current uncertainties due to COVID-19, progress through the plan may not be as at first intended.
Below, you will find both the written statement of action and the action plan that accompanies it.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has affected some initial timescales set out, the local area is committed to making the improvements identified in the report. The action plan will be regularly reviewed in response to the activities carried out.
Download the Written Statement of Action
Download the Action Plan
Update: 31 December 2019:
Joint local area SEND inspection in Essex
Between 30 September 2019 and 4 October 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Essex 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 jointly led by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) from Ofsted and a CQC inspector.
You can download a copy of their report dated 17 November 2019 here
Joint communication statement from Essex County Council and the five Essex Clinical Comm issioning Groups:
Essex County Council and the five Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) fully accept the outcome of the Ofsted/CQC inspection of the local area’s effectiveness in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms (as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014). Prior to the inspection we had already begun an improvement and development journey as our own self-assessment had identified significant areas that require improvement; this was confirmed by the inspection. We see the report as a constructive part of this journey and take seriously the need to address, and improve on, all the weaknesses that were identified. We are all ready for the challenge ahead and are committed to improving our SEND services for Essex children, young people and their families.”
Update 24 September 2019: