Local area SEND inspection: framework

Ofsted and CQC jointly inspect local areas to see how well they fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.


The framework for the inspection of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

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This framework sets out the inspection principles for local area inspections and should be read alongside the handbook.

Local areas can share the leaflet about the SEND inspections with children and young people and parents and carers.

Published 27 April 2016
Last updated 12 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added Re-visits to local areas issued with a written statement of action: guidance document.

  2. First published.