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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

This report summarises the responses to the formal consultation about the inspection arrangements to test how effectively local areas fulfil their responsibilities to children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The two inspectorates, Ofsted and CQC, will jointly inspect the effectiveness of local areas in fulfilling their new duties. These inspections will begin in May 2016.

In the three months leading up to the formal consultation, Ofsted and CQC held discussions with young people, their parents and carers, disability and special educational need support groups, local authorities and health groups about the most effective ways to inspect how well local areas are meeting their new duties. These discussions were instrumental in shaping the proposals in the consultation.