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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

We are on hand to support any organisation who work with children, young people and their families who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).


Despite the SEND reforms being introduced 2014, Local Area SEND Inspections conducted jointly by Ofsted Education and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), have highlighted that too many Local Areas have failed to implement the reforms. The reasons for this are multi-factorial, and challenges in terms of capacity, resource and finance are likely to be further exacerbated by the pandemic.

Nikki gained significant experience as a CQC inspector, working collaboratively  with Ofsted to conduct Local Area SEND Inspections nationally. She is able to use this experience and expert knowledge of the SEND process to support organisations with all aspects of their SEND work. A number of our associate Specialist Advisors also have expertise in the field of SEND.


Areas of work we support include:


  • Helping to prepare or quality assure Written Statements of Action (WSOA)

  • Supporting Local Areas and CCGs with the development of detailed, analytical and reflective Self Evaluation Frameworks (SEFs)

  • Supporting the creation of SEND Strategies

  • Supporting the creation Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) to ensure they reflect the needs and demography of SEND populations.

  • Supporting co-production and engagement with parents, carers and young people and ensuring their voices are used in a meaningful way to shape and continually improve service design and delivery.

Read Ofsted and CQC’s One Year on report here: