created by SR published on 29 September 2020

Dear parent/carer

As part of our commitment to be a family friendly borough and to improve our services for children and young people with SEND, 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. 

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

We are pleased to say that Barnet has been selected to participate in one of these visits,  which will take place on the 13th and 14th October 2020.  This is part of a schedule of visits of 18 Local areas across the country to inform Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission 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.

The purpose of the visit 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 positive case studies and share insights nationally to promote whole-system learning.

The Inspectors will be looking at 4 case studies, and talking to parents and children about their experiences.  The inspectors will also be speaking with leaders and professionals across health, social care and education, including schools and settings where the young people selected for the case studies attend. 

The Inspectors also want to hear from other young people with SEND and their parents about their experiences of the pandemic, and how they have been supported, what has worked and the challenges they have faced during these exceptional times.

If you would like to give your views you can do so by responding to the survey.  There is one for parent carers and one for young people between the ages of 16 – 25 years.

For parents/carers of children and young people with SEND

For children and young people with SEND aged 16 - 25 years


These will be open until Wednesday 7th October.


Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.  Your views are important to help shape how children and young people with SEND are supported.

General information about the visit can be found here:

Kind regards

Dr Helen Phelan


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