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Our main aim is to protect and enhance the lives of the children of Reading. We help families find long-term solutions to ensure children lead happy, healthy and successful lives.

Local area inspection of the effectiveness of SEND in Reading

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out an inspection of Reading local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) from 21-25 June 2021.

The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:

  • Identifies the needs of children and young people with SEND
  • Meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve

Child playing table footballThe views of children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to several early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process.

There are several ways in which children, young people, parents and carers can engage with the inspection process and contribute their views:

A letter has been sent to all schools in Reading to send on to parent carers for children and young people with SEND. You can view the letter here.

The focus of the inspection is on the effectiveness of the local area since the introduction of reforms in September 2014.

Following the inspection, Ofsted will publish its findings in a letter, setting out briefly the context of the inspection, the evidence gathered, any strengths and weaknesses and areas recommended for improvement.

Information on local area duties toward children and young people with SEND can be found on the Department for Education’s website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers

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