created by SR published on 22 September 2020

Dear Parent carer

As part of our commitment to be a family friendly borough and to improve our services, we expressed an interest in taking part in SEND assurance visits by Ofsted which have been initiated  as part of their phased return to undertaking inspections. 

Barnet has been selected to participate in one of these visits, which will take place on the 13th and 14th October 2020. There will be visits to 18 Local areas across the country to inform Ofsted, the CQC and the government on how children and young people with SEND and their families have been supported during the pandemic, including examples of good practice, innovative ways of working and identifying obstacles to receiving support.

This is not an inspection, and the published findings will not identity Local areas or the individuals who have contributed to the visit.

The purpose of the visits is to:

  • support individual Local areas to understand the impact of the pandemic on children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families;
  • find out what has worked well for them during this time, what the challenges have been and any lessons learned;
  • work with the Local area to identify opportunities for improvement that address the remaining challenges faced by children and young people with SEND; 
  • highlight examples of good practice from case studies and share insights nationally to promote whole-system learning.

We want to hear the views of children and young people with SEND and their parent carers.  We welcome any feedback you have on the support you and your family have received during the Coronavirus lockdown that we can share, and before the visit on the 13th and 14th October, Ofsted will send out a survey for parent carers to give their views on how things have gone during the pandemic. The Barnet Parent Carer Forum are supporting us to ensure the voices of children and their families are at the forefront of our conversations during this visit.

Ofsted and CQC will work with us to identify 4 to 6 children and young people with SEND to be part of case studies. Of those selected, 2 or 3 will have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan and 2 or 3 will be receiving SEND support without an EHC plan. At least 3 of the children will be receiving multi-agency support. The cases will be selected on the basis of representing a balance in terms of their needs and a range of demographic characteristics, such as age, ethnicity and sex.

We will invite the children and young people selected for case studies, and their parents or carers, to meet with the inspectors during the visit, either face to face or ‘virtually’ using Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Yours sincerely

Chris Munday

Executive Director, Children’s & Family Services


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