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Local Area Inspection of the effectiveness of SEND in Kent

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection of  your local area. Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area: 


  • identifies the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities 
  • meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.


The views of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible. Inspectors will not be visiting your child’s provision.


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