Ofsted and CQC re-visit to check improvements: parents and carers please give us your views

13 March 2019


Waltham Forest Town Hall

Ofsted and CQC have announced a re-visit to Waltham Forest on 25 and 26 March. They will look at how we have improved since they issued a Written Statement of Action (WSoA) following a joint inspection of SEND in 2017. You can find more information here about how you can get involved.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly a re-visit of Waltham Forest, following the previous inspection that took place between 23 January and 27 January 2017.

The re-visit will evaluate how effectively leaders have addressed the areas of serious weaknesses detailed in the written statement of action (WSOA).

Inspectors will consider whether:

  • the clinical commissioning group (CCG) has ensured that the designated medical officer (DMO) role has sufficient capacity to address the areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection
  • the CCG has ensured that there is a robust process for health providers to contribute to EHC plans
  • the CCG has an agreed role in reviewing and finalising education, health and care (EHC) plans.

During the re-visit, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible, specifically about the weaknesses identified in the WSOA.

How can local children, young people, parents and carers contribute their views during this local area re-visit?

There are several ways in which children, young people, parents and carers from your provision can engage with the re-visit process and contribute their views.

The inspectors will gather the contributions of parents and families through an online survey and a face-to-face open meeting. The focus of the online survey and open meeting will be set by the inspectors and will be based on the WSOA.

Complete the online survey

Parents and carers can take part in this online survey. The survey opens at 12 noon on Monday 18 March 2019 and closes at 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.

Attend the meeting

Parents and carers are invited to attend the open meeting, which will focus on the areas identified in the WSOA.

Venue: Hornbeam Academy, William Morris Campus, 7 Folly Lane, Walthamstow, E17 5NT.

Date and time: Monday 25 March, 6-7pm. Refreshments available from 5.30pm.

You can book a place at the meeting online or by contacting Waltham Forest Parent Forum on 07528 433640.

Details about the local area SEND re-visit will be available on this website distributed through the local area’s Clinical Commissioning Group/s (CCGs).

Information gathered during the re-visit

During this re-visit, inspectors may collect information about children and young people in the area. They may look at local area records, speak to area officers and leaders at educational settings, and speak to children, young people and parents or carers. No names will be recorded, but some of the information collected may identify a particular child, young person or adult. Ofsted and the CQC will use this information to prepare their re-visit outcomes letter, and for the purposes set out in their privacy notices. No information will be published that identifies any individual in the outcomes letter.

If you wish to know more about how we use the information, please see our privacy notice relating to LASEND on our website. If you have any concerns about our use of personal data, please email informationrequest@ofsted.gov.uk and/or the CQC at information.access@cqc.org.uk.

Information on Ofsted’s and the CQC’s privacy notices is available on the links below:

While we recognise that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that extend beyond the focus of the WSOA, we would like parents and carers to understand that the focus of the inspectors during the re-visit will only be the serious weaknesses identified at the previous inspection. The re-visit team will consider how well leaders have addressed each of the areas of serious weaknesses detailed in the WSOA. We will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases.

You will find information on our duties towards children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities on the Department for Education’s website.