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SEND Local Area OFSTED and CQC Inspection 2021

Ofsted letter July 2021

12 July 2021

Suzanne Joyner
Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Rotherham
Riverside House
Main Street
Rotherham
S60 1AE

Christopher Edwards, Chief Officer, Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group

Sue Wilson, Local Area Nominated Officer, Head of Performance and Quality

Dear Ms Joyner and Mr Edwards

Joint area SEND inspection in Rotherham

Between 5 to 9 July 2021, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Rotherham to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

The inspection was led by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) from Ofsted, with a team of inspectors including another HMI and a children’s services inspector from the CQC.

Inspectors spoke with children and young people with SEND, parents and carers, and local authority and National Health Service (NHS) officers. They visited a range of providers and spoke to leaders, staff and governors about how they were implementing the SEND reforms. Inspectors looked at a range of information about the performance of the local area, including the local area’s self-evaluation. Inspectors met with leaders for health, social care and education. They reviewed performance data and evidence about the local offer and joint commissioning. Members of the inspection team considered 481 responses from parents and carers to the online survey, Ofsted Parent View.

As a result of the findings of this inspection and in accordance with the Children Act 2004 (Joint Area Reviews) Regulations 2015, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) has determined that a Written Statement of Action (WSOA) is required because of significant areas of weakness in the local area’s practice. HMCI has also determined that the local authority and the area’s clinical commissioning group are jointly responsible for submitting the written statement to Ofsted.

In reaching their judgements, inspectors took account of the impact of the COVID19 (coronavirus) pandemic on SEND arrangements in the area. Inspectors considered a range of information about the impact of the pandemic and explored how the area’s plans and actions had been adapted as a result.

This letter outlines our findings from the inspection, including some areas of strengths and areas for further improvement.