Date Published: 07 September 2017
Services that support children in Rutland with special educational needs and disabilities have been described as committed, inclusive and highly effective following an inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The joint local area SEND inspection took place in July to assess whether national disability and special educational needs reforms are being implemented effectively by Rutland County Council, East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELRCCG) and other local commissioners.
Inspectors from Ofsted and the CQC spent a week talking to children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities, along with parents, carers SEND providers. They also met with senior figures from the local area for health, social care and education and looked at performance data relating to Rutland’s local offer and the joint commissioning of services.
“We welcome the findings of this joint local area inspection and are extremely pleased with the number of positives that have been identified in the final report. Ofsted and the CQC have recognised our commitment to supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, which is reflected in the quality of the services we provide. Perhaps most importantly, children and young people have said they feel safe and know they are listened to. Where we can improve further we will, ensuring that children and young people are supported to lead happy, healthy lives and realise their full potential.”Councillor Richard Foster, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People
“The joint inspection demonstrates that Health and Local Authorities are working together effectively and we are particularly encouraged that the report recognises the contribution that health practitioners have made to our plans. We will continue to work together to strengthen all areas of work, especially those identified as needing development, to ensure outcomes are met for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.”Dr Tabitha Randell, clinical lead for children’s health at East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG
The findings from the inspection have now been published on Ofsted’s website and identify a large number of strengths, including:
- Leaders are committed to improving local arrangements for identifying, assessing and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
- The voices of children and young people are included when making important decisions, for example the creation of a post for an emotional health and well-being specialist nurse
- The area’s designated clinical officer makes sure health practice is effective in meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
- Health practitioners contribute well to the formation and effectiveness of the education, health and care (EHC) plans
- Identification of children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities in the early years is highly effective
- Early years inclusion officers provide valuable guidance and support for parents and practitioners and parents speak very positively about this service
- The Council and health professionals work closely together to meet the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
- The quality of EHC plans has improved over the past 12 months and capture children’s voices and the views of parents and carers well
- Academic outcomes for children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are improving
- Children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities say that they feel safe in Rutland
- Professionals are vigilant and act quickly when any safeguarding concerns arise, to help keep children and young people safe.
Inspectors also provided clear feedback about where further developments could be made in relation to SEND services, which the Council and CCG are working to implement. They include:
- Using the full range of information available to help plan school places for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
- Improving the way in which details of the local offer are communicated
- Greater awareness of information and advice services for parents or carers of children and young people who have special educational needs
- Better progress among pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities between key stages 1 and 2
- Greater awareness and use of personal budgets to support young people to meet their needs.
The final report following Rutland’s joint local area SEND inspection has been published online and can be read in full at the Ofsted website.