Joint local area SEND inspection in Sheffield

There was a local area SEND inspection in November 2018. It was carried out by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The inspection found seven areas of significant weakness in Sheffield's response to the disability and special educational needs reforms. The reforms are part of the Children and Families Act 2014.

We, Sheffield City Council and Sheffield’s Clinical Commissioning Group, developed an improvement plan called a written statement of action.

Ofsted and the CQC carried out an inspection revisit in February 2022. They found:

  • we had made "sufficient progress" in six of the seven areas of weakness
  • we had not made "sufficient progress" to multi-agency transitions

We are now working to a Transitions Accelerated Progress Plan (APP) to improve multi-agency transitions.

Although “sufficient progress” was made in the other six areas, we acknowledge more needs to be done. We will continue the pace of our wider SEND improvement work so more families have consistently positive experiences.

You can read the inspection revisit letter below. Read our statement following the inspection revisit on Sheffield Newsroom.

Transitions Accelerated Progress Plan

We are working to an Accelerated Progress Plan, as a city, to improve transitions for children and young people with SEND. We developed this after our local area SEND inspection revisit found we had not made "sufficient progress" in this area.

The plan will have a focus on post 16 and preparation for adulthood but will encompass all transitions.

The plan links to our Inclusion Strategy.

You can read the Accelerated Progress Plan for Transitions below.

Inclusion Strategy

Our Inclusion Strategy sets the strategy for SEND and inclusion in Sheffield from 2020 to 2025. 

The Transitions Accelerated Progress Plan works towards the Inclusion Strategy's commitments.

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