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From May 2016, under the new SEND Inspections framework, Ofsted and CQC will jointly assess how “local areas”, work together to identify, assess and meet the needs of children and young people with SEND.

Ofsted and CQC will be inspecting all local areas under this new framework. Organisations must therefore ensure that they have a clear strategic plan that sets out defined priorities and outcomes for their SEND practices, as well as the tools to self-evaluate their performance.

This Implementing the SEND Inspections Framework course, chaired by SEND consultant and former president of NASEN Tricia Murphy, will provide the latest guidance, best practice examples and practical tools to prepare and prosper under the new SEND inspection environment.

Delegates will learn how to overcome the challenges of multi-agency collaboration, assess and support SEND pupils and use data to effectively demonstrate and evaluate performance.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to adapt to the new joint Ofsted-CQC local area SEND inspection Framework
  • Best practice on thriving under the new inspection framework
  • Improve multi-agency collaboration to effectively meet the needs of children and young people with SEND
  • Use data to demonstrate improvement in outcomes for inspection
  • Ensure your organisation is prepared for inspection and beyond
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Adapt to the new SEND Inspections Framework

  • Explore the latest implications of joint local area SEND inspection Framework
  • Ascertain the key principles of the framework and its impact on your organisation
  • Identify and overcome the challenges of implementing the SEND inspection framework
  • Discuss the implementation and progress of the SEND Code of Practice
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:00

Case study: The Role of Local Authorities at an Inspection

Enfield council was inspected under the new framework in July 2016 and was praised for their efforts to identify and support children with special educational needs or disabilities. Enfield was praised by inspectors for its work to identify children with special educational needs early.

  • Learn from a council on their experience of an inspection under the new framework
  • Explore how to effectively work in partnership and successfully share information
  • Identify best practice on how to effectively prepare for an inspection
  • How to self-evaluate and provide evidence during an inspection
  • Understand how to work with other organisations in order to excel at an inspection
12:00 - 12:45

Use Data to Demonstrate Improved SEND Outcomes at an Inspection

  • Recognise how to use data in self-evaluation and improvement
  • Make best use of your data to evidence improvement at inspection
  • Establish how you can benchmark your organisation against others using national data
  • Maintain your data in the long term  so that your organisation is always inspection ready
12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30

Case study: Raising Attainment for SEND Pupils

  • Explore raising attainment of children with SEND and findings from the Rochford Review
  • Ensure that your school has a broad and flexible curriculum
  • How to assess and improve SEND provision for pupils in mainstream schools
  • Discuss the role of SENCOs and working effectively with other staff and parents
  • Understand the parameters of accountability according to the SEND code of practice
14:30 - 16:00

Workshop: Deliver Outstanding SEND practices and Excel at Inspection

In this session, delegates will work with peers and the chair to develop a strategy to effectively adapt to the SEND inspection framework

  • Identify the key barriers to meeting the needs of children with SEND and learn how to overcome such challenges
  • Explore the obstacles to multi-agency working and how to tackle them
  • Appreciate the importance of leadership at all levels in developing strong partnerships
  • Maintain self-evaluation of performance and provision to ensure long-term success
  • Take back to the workplace key learnings and develop an action plan on adapting to the SEND inspection framework in your organisation.
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


etc. Venues – Victoria, London

One Drummond Gate, Pimlico,, London, SW1V 2QQ