SEND Local Area Inspection

The Government define local area services as those that are provided by the Local Authority and the Clinical Commissioning Group. Following the introduction of The Children and Families Act 2014 which set out a framework for reform, the Government commissioned OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) and CQC (Care Quality Commission) to undertake a cycle of Inspections to ensure that Local areas were implementing the reforms in a timely manner and that these were having positive impacts on Children, & Young People with SEND and their families.

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 0-25 years inspection in Swindon took place between 19 November 2018 and 23 November 2018.

During the week the inspectors:

  • visited ten education providers (early years, primary, secondary, special schools and colleges)
  • visited one family centre
  • visited one residential provider
  • held 23 meetings
  • selected 25 cases to review
  • listened to parents views through a webinar and an open meeting
  • spoke with children and young people


The Inspection identified that the Council and CCG had not implemented the SEND reforms as they were required to do. The Local Area were required to draw up an action plan following Local Area SEND inspection, this is known as a Written Statement of Action (WSoA).

Summary of Written Statement of Action

OFSTED response to the Written Statement of Action

Below is a letter from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) confirming that Swindon’s SEND Written Statement of Action (WSOA) has been approved and is fit for purpose in setting out how the local area will tackle significant areas of weakness previously identified.

During the past 2 years the Local Area has been working hard to address the issues raised in the inspection; this progress has been monitored on a regular basis by the DFE (Department of Education) and NHSE (NHS England) Regional Advisors. The progress is also monitored on a bi-monthly basis at the SEND Board Meeting and regular updates have been provided via numerous communication channels.

The re-inspection scheduled was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, however the Government has recently announced that the re-inspection schedule will recommence at the end of April 2021. Swindon anticipates a re-inspection during the coming summer months.