Dudley SEND Improvement Programme

Joint Local Area SEND Revisit – letter publishedOfsted and the Care Quality Commission carried out a revisit Area SEND inspection between 31 January and 3 February 2022. Today (23 March) they have published their letter.Ofsted and CQC
Progress made but more still to be doneThe recent visit by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission has found improvements in Dudley’s SEND services but concludes that more needs to be done. Inspectors visited Dudley Council to assess its children’s services and what progress had been made within SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities) services since its last visit in 2019.Following this 2019 visit the council and the Black Country and West Birmingham CCG had to submit a written statement of action (WSOA) which was declared fit purpose in December of that year.In the most recent visit, inspectors recognised there had been “sufficient progress” in eight areas, previously identified as areas of weakness.This included an improvement in embedding strategies, better co-production and engagement with parents and carers, improved understanding about inclusion in schools in Dudley and increasing the number of young people with SEND progressing into training and employment opportunities.Inspectors, however, found that more needs to be done to be make progress in six areas including improving parent satisfaction and the management and sharing of information within EHC plans andThe report also recognised that throughout the pandemic we continued to prioritise the needs of children and young people with SEND. Next StepsWe are now required to submit a SEND Accelerated Action Plan (SAAP) to address the six areas of concern where we have made insufficient progress.Over the next few weeks, we will be working with stakeholders including the Parent Carer Forum to develop this plan which will set out how we are going to address the issues, the outcomes that we want to achieve and how we are going to measure success against them.We will submit the plan to the Department for Education (DfE) within 5 weeks. This plan, together with our overall SEND Improvement Plan will be published onto the LocaLOffer and Health and Wellbeing Board website and the SAAP will be monitored at least six monthly by the DfE.We would like to assure parents and carers that we will continue our journey of improvement and are determined to make significant progress across all 14 areas in the coming months.There is further work to do as we build on the progress made. Dudley is in a different place to where we were three years ago, and we are committed to working with parents, families, children and young people to secure continued and sustainable improvements for the future.Read the Ofsted/CQC Letter in fullRead news release issued 23 March 2022
More information:Visit the SEND Local Offer website to learn more about the services available in the borough. To find out more about the SEND Improvement Programme, please visit Dudley’s Health and Wellbeing Board. Useful contacts:Service Director for Early Help/Schools and SEND: Helen Ellis – Helen.Ellis@dudley.gov.ukInterim Head of SEND: Toni Dawodu –  Toni.Dawodu@dudley.gov.ukSEND Manager: Sue Powell – Susan.Powell@dudley.gov.ukSEND Team Manager North: Rob Bennett –  Robert.X.Bennett@dudley.gov.ukSEND Team Manager South: Kelly Warne –  Kelly.Warne@dudley.gov.ukSEND Programme Manager: Simon Hickman –  Simon.Hickman@dudley.gov.ukSEND Programme Manager: Paul Klein –  Paul.Klein@dudley.gov.uk
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