Bolton Local Area SEND Inspection

Bolton local area partnership have been selected for SEND inspection.


Ofsted and CQC are visiting Bolton to inspect the local arrangements for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The inspectors will want to know about the support that children and young people with SEND get.

They are therefore asking for views by completion of the surveys.

They are asking for feedback from the following:

Children and young people aged 11 to 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Parents and carers of children and young people between 0 to 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Practitioners who work with children or young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities in education, health or care services.

This is the only direct way in which parents and carers can share their views with Ofsted. The Inspectors will meet with Bolton Parent Carers and also Bolton IAS, and we will ensure that the views and experiences of local families are shared.

We are fortunate to meet with hundreds of families every year through our activities, and additionally via our working relationship with Bolton IAS we are well aware of the key issues faced by families locally. We will endeavour to cover this when we have the opportunity.

To complete the parent survey, click this link

For the children and young people’s survey, click this link

If you happen to be a practitioner working with ch/yp with SEND in Bolton, click this link

If you would like to read a parents guide to Local Area Inspections, you can click here

Or you can watch the video below to find out more.

The Ofsted and CQC Inspection will cover 3 weeks until Friday 21st June. The Inspection team will not be in Bolton until Monday 17th June. Before they arrive they spend time analysing data and speaking to key SEND teams to understand the local area provision. The team select up to 6 children from Bolton at random and will undertake a ‘tracking’ exercise to really understand how the child’s needs have been identified and met. This will include children with, and without EHC Plans. Parents may be included in this exercise where appropriate. During this period the surveys are open for just 7 days. Towards the end of week 2, the Inspectors speak to the parent carer forum and the information advisory service. When they come to Bolton they will visit settings and local services, and aim to meet children and young people. The aim is that this broad approach allows the inspection team the opportunity to really understand our local area.