Ofsted and CQC re-visit

Last updated: 30 September 2022

Ofsted and the CQC conducted a 3 day re-visit to Kent from Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 September.

What the re-visit entails

The purpose of the re-visit was for inspectors to assess whether the local area (Kent County Council, the local NHS and schools) has made enough progress in addressing the areas of significant weakness detailed in the Written Statement of Action following the inspection in 2019. They will not be able to follow up or comment on individual cases or investigate new areas of concern.

Inspectors wanted to find out our understanding of the impact of the pandemic on children and young people, and the SEND system, what we have learned and how we have adapted our services and support as a result.

They also wanted to see how we have involved children and young people and their families in co-producing decisions about how best to support them.

Together with the local NHS, we had to provide Ofsted and the CQC with:

  • evidence of improvements relating to each area of significant weakness detailed by the written statement of action
  • information about tribunals and local government ombudsman judgements.

Inspectors talked to a range of people during their visit, including:

  • key leaders in education, health and social care
  • school leaders
  • SENCOs
  • Information and Advice Support Kent (IASK)
  • Kent PACT
  • parents.

They covered topics such as:

  • commissioning arrangements
  • education, health and care (EHC) plans
  • school places
  • quality of provision
  • inclusion
  • education standards
  • governance.

Parent/ carer survey

They also sought the views of parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) via an online survey.

How inspectors will report the findings

Now that the inspectors have completed their re-visit, they will send KCC and the Integrated Care System (ICS) (NHS) a letter with their findings, which will be published on the Ofsted website and on the CQC website. This is normally done within 33 working days of the end of the re-visit.

We will also publish the letter here.

You can find out further information about how Ofsted and the CQC conduct re-visits on the Ofsted website.

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