SEND Reforms

The Results Are In!

Derbyshire Local Area have recieved the letter to inform them of how well the SEND Reforms are being rolled out across Derbyshire, this does not just mean the Local Authority, it includes all the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) in Derbyshire, schools, settings and provision provided by Social Care, Education and Health.  Below is the letter shared bythe Care Quality Commission and OFSTED.

Derbyshire SEND Local Area Inspection Letter


Below is the information update on the SEND Reforms from

Alex Howlett – Program Manager SEND Reforms

Links to other documents detailed in the update are also below

SEND Reforms & Restructure Summary

SEND Commissioning Hub   SEND Reforms Full Briefing   Nov 2016 Story Board

The SEND Local Area Inspection is now over!

When we get feedback from Care Quality Commission and Ofsted we will share it with you.

SEND Local Area Inspection is taking place

14th November until 17th November

This letter has been issued to inform parents/carers of a webinar taking place on Wednesday 16th 6.30pm

If you would like to share your views of the SEND reforms please send to

8 November 2016

Dear Parent/Carer

Inspection of Derbyshire local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities from 14 November to 18 November 2016

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection  of your local area. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:

  • identifies the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.

The views of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible. Inspectors will select a range of settings to visit and will work with the local authority and its partners to inform children and young people who attend those settings, and their parents and carers, in advance so that they are able to contribute their views. The inspection will also include an online webinar to allow other parents and carer to contribute. The webinar will take place at 6:30pm on Wednesday November 16 2016. It will led by Derek Myers, Her Majesty’s Inspector, will ask parents and carers about their views and experiences on how effectively Derbyshire is fulfilling the above responsibilities.

While we understand that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that extend before the implementation of the reforms in September 2014, it is important that this date is used as the start for gathering evidence about the impact of the reforms as part of our new inspections. We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases.

If you would like to take part in this webinar then please follow this internet link

Information on local area duties toward children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities can be found on the Department for Education’s website:

Yours sincerely

Derek Myers

Her Majesty’s Inspector

In March 2011, the Government published its consultation Green Paper on special educational needs and disability. The purpose of this paper was to test a range of proposals designed to respond to existing failings and frustrations with the system. Grants were awarded to 31 local authorities in England, who formed 20 SEND pathfinders. There is no national ‘blueprint’ for how things should be done, so it is up to individual areas to: design new arrangements to pilot and test how well they work in practice to better support life outcomes for children and young people; to give parents confidence by giving them more control; and to transfer power to professionals on the front line and to local communities.

It is now up to all the other local authorities, including Derbyshire County Council (DCC), to draw on the experience of the pathfinders and develop their own local response to this legislation. DCC is actively engaging parents in this process – called Support and Aspiration – and this is being led by project manager Vicky Pealing.

From September this year any requests for statutory assessment of educational needs will follow a new process. The current assessment will be replaced by a co-ordinated assessment across health, education and social care.

If your child/young person is eligible, an Education Health and Care plan (EHC plan) will be produced to replace the existing Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN). If you child/young person has an EHC plan you will be able to request, if you want one, a Personal Budget to meet their agreed outcomes.

The reforms apply to children and young people aged 0-25 years.

To establish these reforms local authorities must publish and review information about services available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25 years. This will be named the Local Offer and should provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information to include:

* SEN provision

* health provision

* social care provision

* other educational provision

* training provision

* arrangements for children and young people to travel to schools, colleges and early years education.

September 1st 2014

The new legislation is in force, a Parents and Carers Guide is available click on the link below to be taken to this shorter version

SEND Code of Practice