Ofsted/CQC updates

Ofsted/CQC updates

Our progress with tackling the areas for improvement in the Ofsted/Care Quality Commission inspection.

The Ofsted/Care Quality Commission inspection findings of SEND services across Bristol’s local area were published at the end of last year.

The inspection highlighted areas for improvement, as well as calling for a joint action plan with partners to deliver rapid progress and long-term change for families and young people with SEND.

You can follow our progress and find updates about our next steps here. 

22 September 2020: Written Statement of Action update 

The Written Statement of Action (WSoA) sets out the aims to improve key areas in 4 month periods, which are described as ‘milestones’. The first milestone was July 2020. 

The accessible WSoA update (pdf, 286KB) (opens new window) sets out the progress made against the July 2020 milestone. 

The full WSoA update (pdf, 456KB) (opens new window) includes the progress made and has more information covering: 

  • data reliability 
  • EHC plan statutory process
  • numbers and timeliness of EHC plans issued in 2020 
  • Autumn priorities 

21 May 2020: You Said We Did report

From December 2019 to the end of February 2020, parents and carers were asked for their views and ideas to shape Bristol’s Written Statement of Action.

This You Said, We Did report (pdf, 597KB) (opens new window) sets out the feedback we received and explains how we have responded within the Written Statement of Action.

20 April 2020: Written Statement of Action

The Written Statement of Action (WSoA) is the detailed plan to improve key areas identified in the Ofsted/CQC inspection report, which was published at the end of last year.  

Ofsted’s letter confirms that the WSoA demonstrates the local area’s commitment to address all areas of concern by working with parents and carers, the area’s clinical commissioning group and a range of partners and stakeholders which includes schools, health services and social care. 

5 February 2020: Take part in our SEND surveys

Two surveys are being held to get feedback from our SEND service users.

This is so we can understand what they'd like to improve and what is working for them.

Parents and carers SEND survey

Children and young people survey 

Both surveys are open from 4 February 2020 to 20 March 2020.

27 January 2020: Have your say on the SEND improvement plan 

A scrutiny meeting will be held on Monday 3 February to listen views on SEND provision in Bristol.
The public are invited to ask questions and submit statements which will be used to inform the Written Statement of Action (WSoA) required by the recent Ofsted/Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection of SEND in the local area.

Read more on the SEND scrutiny meeting news release.

14 January 2020: Bristol City Council announces proposed SEND budget boost for 2020/21

Bristol City Council is proposing to increase its Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) budget by over £1.3m.

Key points in papers published last week, ahead of the Schools Forum in Bristol, include an increase in national government funding for SEND in Bristol and the council’s proposal to move additional funding into SEND.

Read more on the SEND budget boost news release.

20 December 2019: Inspection findings of Bristol City Council’s Special Education Needs and/or Disability (SEND) services published

The report highlights areas for improvement and calls for local area partners to jointly create an action plan to deliver rapid progress and long-term change across SEND services for Bristol’s children and young people.

Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Lead for Children said for too long children and young people in the city with SEND have been let down.

Read more on the SEND inspection findings news release.

20 December 2019: Ofsted and CQC inspection SEND report 

Earlier this year (2019), Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an inspection of local area special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) provision. 

Read the report detailing the inspection’s findings.

We fully accept the overall findings of the report, which highlights areas we can build on and where we must improve.

We know that the findings of the report will not come as a surprise to the parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, who demand and deserve better support.

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