OFSTED and CQC have carried out a SEND Local Area revisit in Lancashire. Notification of the revisit was received on 24 February, 2020 and the inspector's on-site activity took place between 9 and 12 March. The revisit was to evaluate the effectiveness of Lancashire's progress in improving SEND services for children and young people against the twelve areas of significant concern identified during the November 2017 SEND Local Area Inspection.
Following the notification and prior to the on-site visit, members of the Lancashire SEND Partnership worked closely with the inspectors to plan the visit. This included arrangements for an open meeting with parent carers, an online parent carer survey, face to face discussion with children and young people and a range of meetings with all partners who have responsibility for SEND. The local area also provided relevant data and information to show the impact of the collective action to improve provision, services and the local approach.
Over the course of the four day visit, inspectors spoke with; council colleagues and partners, including a range of representative service providers, parent carers and children and young people. In total 239 pieces of evidence were provided for consideration and 89 people were interviewed. In addition many more colleagues and partners supported the revisit. The open meeting for parents was attended by over 70 parent carers and the online survey received a good response.
Verbal feedback was provided by the inspectors on 12 March, however the findings remain strictly confidential until the moderation process has finished and the report published. As this is an assessment of progress for the Local Area rather than a full inspection, a judgement in line with the usual Ofsted grading system will not be given. An additional statement was read out, which will be shared when the letter is published.
The final letter following a revisit is usually received by a local authority within 28 days of the end of the revisit and published on Ofsted's website within 33 days. For the Lancashire area this was due to be 30 April, 2020. However, as Ofsted inspection processes are currently suspended these deadlines have not been met and the final letter has not yet been received. Once available the letter and the next steps will be shared with all partners.