As you will be aware, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of Kent between 28 January 2019 and 1 February 2019 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 identified a number of areas of significant weakness. These were set out in a letter published on the Ofsted website on 29 March 2019.
As local leaders from education, health and social care we were disappointed with this outcome but accept that we hadn’t progressed as quickly and effectively in meeting the expectations of the Children and Families Act 2014, as we should have. However, we are committed to working in partnership to make the necessary improvements for children and young people with SEND and their families.
As part of this we wish to fully understand parent, carers and children and young people’s views and concerns to ensure our actions have a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with SEND and their families.
With this in mind, we want to keep you informed of the actions being taken and seek your help in gathering these views. Please share this information with your SENCOs to request that all parents and carers of children and young people with SEND; and all children and young people with SEND have the opportunity to complete the SEND – Your Voice online questionnaire.