Ofsted Inspection of Kent

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of Kent between 28 January 2019 and 1 February 2019 to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/6/part/3/enacted

The inspection identified a number of areas of significant weakness. These were set out in a letter which was published on the Ofsted website on 29 March 2019.

https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50066616

Local leaders from education, health and social care were disappointed with this outcome but accept that they hadn’t progressed as quickly and effectively in meeting the expectations of the Children and Families Act 2014, as they should have. However, they are committed to working in partnership to make the necessary improvements for children and young people with SEND and their families.

As part of this, they wish to fully understand parent/carers and children/young people’s (CYP) views and concerns to ensure their actions have a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with SEND and their families.

If you would like to give your views, please see the online questionnaire (open until 14th July 2019):

www.kent.gov.uk/sendyourvoice