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SEND plans approved

by mikebell on 8 November, 2018

Councillor Mike Bell said: “It’s really positive news that a government watchdog has approved plans made by North Somerset Council and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) to improve services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in North Somerset.

“Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a joint review of services for children and young people with SEND in North Somerset in May this year. The review recognised much positive work and strengths identified by inspectors, but also highlighted many areas of weakness.”

As part of the review process, North Somerset Council and BNSSG CCG produced a written statement of action which they submitted to Ofsted, outlining how they will address issues raised by the review:

– Improve ways of working together with parents, carers and young people
– Improvements to the process of obtaining an Education Health and Care Plan
– Appointment of key posts in local health teams to support children with SEND
– Improvements in how we work together to secure the right services at the right time for children with SEND
– Closer working with schools to improve outcomes for children with SEND and to reduce exclusions

This has now been signed off by Oftsed and will be implemented, which is really good news and should help to deliver improved outcomes for local children and young people.

The written statement of action is available at http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/writtenstatementofaction

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