Our local area inspection took place between 30 September and 4 October 2019. This was a joint inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted. The inspection looked at:
- how well our local area is delivering the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014, and
- identified strengths and areas for development
Ofsted and the CQC concluded that Essex has not been quick enough to put in place the changes from the reforms. They reported good progress since 2017 and that partners are now working together. But, this has not yet made the required difference to parents, carers and their children.
You can read the outcome of the inspection on the Essex Local Offer website.
The inspection identified three areas of significant weaknesses. The Written Statement of Action addresses these. You can read this on the Essex Local Offer website.
The full report is on the Ofsted website (published 23rd December 2019).