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SEND Inspection and Policies


SEND Area Inspection July 2017

Between 3 July 2017 and 7 July 2017, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) local area to judge its effectiveness in implementing the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. As a result of the findings of the inspection, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) determined that a Written Statement of Action (WSOA) is required to address eight areas of significant weakness in the local area’s practice. RBWM and the Windsor and Maidenhead (WAM) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are jointly responsible for submitting the written statement, which has been produced in conjunction with Parents and Carers in Partnership (PaCiP).

The local area is required to produce and submit a Written Statement of Action (WSOA) to Ofsted that explains how the local area will tackle the following areas of significant weakness:

  • tardiness and delay in establishing strategies to implement the reforms effectively
  • the lack of leadership capacity across local area services, such as the time given to the role of the Designated Clinical Officer (DCO)
  • poor use of management information to secure a robust overview of the local area’s effectiveness
  • weaknesses in how leaders are held to account across the local area
  • the inequality of access to services and variability of experience for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families
  • the wide variances in the quality of education, health and care plans caused by weaknesses in the planning and transition processes
  • the lack of effective co-production with parents when designing and delivering services and when planning for their individual children’s needs
  • poor joint commissioning arrangements that limit leader's ability to ensure that there are adequate services to meet local area needs.


The current WSOA is attached. Please note that this document will be updated at least monthly.

We have stablished a SEND Steering Board made up of Local Authority, Health, Schools and parents that will hold all agencies to account for the delivery of the Action Plan in the Written Statement of Action (WSOA).  The Board will report to the Health and Wellbeing Board on a regular basis on progress and outcomes within the WSOA.

Terms of reference, minutes and Chairs Reports from the Board meetings are attached.

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