Inspect the Uninspected

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have started inspecting special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services across the country. 

The second round of inspection started in September, read on to find out which areas have been inspected. 

Is there an inspection your area? Tell our Campaigns team.

Which areas have been inspected?

A range of local areas have been inspected around the country.

You can read the full reports on the Ofsted website. We would really appreciate if you could tell us what you think about your local area. 


Current Inspections

If you live in an area where an inspection is taking place, you should receive information from your local council.

Inspectors may provide surveys, meetings or online webinars to find out your views. 

Tell us about an inspection in your area...


How are the inspections being conducted?

Ofsted and CQC are looking at how effectively local areas handle their responsibilities for disabled children and young people and how well they identify and meet their needs.

All local areas will be inspected within a five year period, which started in May 2016. Inspectors will look at a wide range of children with special educational needs and disabiliites across a number of different educational settings. Each inspection will last 5 days and 5 days notice will be given.

this period of time inspectors will:

  • Meet managers from education, health and social care
  • Visit schools and colleges
  • Visit hospitals and health providers in the area
  • Meet children, young people, parents and carers

For more information on how the inspections and how you can get involved, read our factsheet.


Why are we concerned about the inspections?

We welcome the decision to inspect these services but we still have a few concerns.:

  • Inspections are not graded like hospitals or schools, i.e outstanding or good
  • The quality of support provided by Teachers of the Deaf is not being inspected
  • Inspectors look at SEND overall and not the specific needs of each group
  • There is no detail as to what will happen if a service is failing
  • There is no guarantee that parents and young people contacted during inspections will know about deafness
  • Webinars restrict parent input to a date and time. A survey open for the duration of the inspection would be preferable and more far reaching.


What about young people?

Young people are encouraged to speak to inspectors at schools and colleges.

We have created some information for young people on The Buzz.