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Longer notice period for SEND inspections welcome, says NAHT

Commenting on the announcement that there will be longer notice periods for local area SEND inspections, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT says: “We welcome the news of more notice for SEND inspections. This will allow time to receive greater input from parents and schools into what provision is like in a local area.

“These local area inspections are a way to identify and spread best practice, identifying aspects of partnership working which could be improved by further collaboration. These inspections provide an opportunity to recognise the growing contribution that schools make, particularly in the light of local health and social care cuts.

“In our response to the consultation we expressed concern at the original notice of two working days, and thank Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission for taking on board the concerns of school leaders. We look forward to reading the inspection handbook and framework, and would call on Ofsted and the CQC to ensure that this is published as soon as possible to give school leaders time to prepare for the new inspection regime.”

Page Published: 10/03/2016

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