Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) inspection

Dive into the heart of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) inspections with our latest comprehensive report, crafted by The Staff College in collaboration with education experts and policymakers.

This document was initiated in response to the UK Government’s updated standards for SEND provisions, aiming to evaluate the effectiveness and uniformity of the newly implemented national inspection framework.

Expect to find detailed analyses and empirical data outlining the current state of SEND services across England, shedding light on the successes and areas needing attention.

Our report synthesizes insights from multiple local area inspections, reflecting on the broader implications for educational practices and policy formulation. Learn about the key challenges identified, strategic recommendations offered, and initial insights into how these inspections are shaping the landscape of educational support services.

What’s in this publication for you?

Access critical insights that will guide improvements in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) services. This report offers an in-depth analysis of current practices, showcases areas for enhancement, and provides strategic recommendations. Ideal for educators and policymakers, it is a tool to refine approaches and enhance service delivery in SEND education.

Elevate your understanding and influence in developing effective SEND policies. By engaging with comprehensive findings and diverse stakeholder perspectives, you’ll be equipped to lead changes and advocate for high-quality educational support. Utilize this knowledge to foster a more inclusive educational environment.

Hear from The Staff College's Chief Executive, Jane Parfrement, as she introduces this briefing:

In 2022, the UK Government published a green paper on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and alternative provision setting out plans for a single national system with consistent statutory standards. This was followed in March 2023 by the SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan, which set out a range of additional actions and measures intended to accompany and underpin the new national standards. One important aspect of these reforms is a refocusing of Ofsted/CQC local area SEND inspections, with a new inspections framework coming into force in England at the start of 2023. At the time of writing, there have been 18 local area SEND inspections published to date under the new inspections framework.

This research briefing pulls together key learnings from the inspection outcomes and experiences of these local area partnerships, drawing on both the 18 published inspection reports and semi-structured research interviews carried out with 10 directors of children’s services in these areas

Download your copy of the SEND Research Briefing