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Coventry's SEND support for children is widely praised

Published Monday, 06 January 2020

Coventry’s arrangements for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has been widely praised by Government inspectors.

In 2015, The Government commissioned OfSTED and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to inspect all 155 Local Areas to judge the effectiveness of the arrangement in place across education, health and social care for children and young people (0 to 25) with SEN and Disabilities.

The report following Coventry’s inspection in October has now been published and highlights the City’s “genuine passion and commitment to get things right for children and young people with SEND” and that “children and young people inspectors met …felt happy and well looked after”

During the week Inspectors gathered evidence from children and young people, parents, nurseries, schools, colleges, and officers from the Council, Clinical Commissioning Group and Primary Care Trusts.

The report confirms:

  • Coventry has many strengths and is clear what needs to be done to secure further improvement
  • Strategic and operational partnerships are well established in Coventry and teams work together effectively
  • “Area leaders respect the lived experiences of children and their parents”. The importance of co-production is recognised and many examples cited where parents and young people have developed or influenced systems and services to meet their needs.
  • There are many examples of innovative practice
  • The Strong school partnerships are committed to improving the outcomes achieved by children and young people with SEND
  • Whilst the views of parents are mixed, many expressed positive views about the quality of services, particularly the role of frontline staff.

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I’m very pleased with this report which reflects what we always knew – that we have an awful lot to be proud of in our support for children and young people with SEND.

“I’m proud that the inspectors have recognised the commitment and passion of the City to support young people with SEND in achieving positive outcomes, including independent living skills and employment.  I am delighted to hear that children and young people are happy and feel well supported in Coventry”

Kirston Nelson, Director of Education and Skills, said: “This is a very pleasing report which shows the power of taking a One Coventry approach. The welfare and support for children and young people with SEND is everyone’s business and we have worked not only with teams across the council, but also with partners across the city including health professionals, schools and most importantly with the children and families who use our services.”

See the full report.

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