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Ofsted

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Inspections of SEND

Since May 2016 Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have been inspecting special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services across England. 

What are the inspections?

Ofsted and the CQC are looking at how well local areas identify, assess and meet the needs of children and young people with SEND.

All local areas in England will be inspected within a five year period, which started in May 2016. Each inspection lasts five days.

Check out our factsheet for more information on the inspections. 

How can I find out about an inspection? 

You may receive information about the inspection from your local council. We will also contact our members in the local area as soon as we know about an inspection, so make sure you are signed up for our free membership.  

Has your area been inspected?

Find out which local areas have already been inspected and read the outcome reports here

Information for children and young people

We want the inspectors to chat to children and young people about their experiences of local services. Watch our video to find out more about how to get involved.

How good is the support you get? Tell Ofsted inspectors!

Are you a deaf young person living in England? There are new inspections to check how good your local services are. Watch this film to find out why they're important and how you can get involved and share your views!