Decision details

Lancashire Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Partnership- SEND Improvement Plan (updated Written Statement of Action)

Decision Maker: Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No


Update on the Lancashire SEND Partnership Improvement Programme including; progress on the Improvement Plan actions and planning activity for the local area re-inspection.


Sian Rees, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Consultant, Lancashire County Council, reported on the progress following the inspection by Ofsted and Care Quality Commission in November 2017 to judge how effectively the special educational needs and disability reforms had been implemented, as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.  The inspection identified two fundamental failings and twelve areas of significant concern.


Partners in Lancashire were required to produce a Written Statement of Action, setting out the immediate priorities for action.  Progress on the implementation of these actions had been monitored by the Department for Education (DfE) and NHS England.  Formal review visits by the Department for Education and NHS England had taken place since April 2018 to consider the progress being made in line with the Written Statement of Action.  The Statement had been updated and any ongoing actions included in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Partnership Improvement Plan for the period April 2019 to December 2020.


The progress report for July will have details of review dates where timescales have been missed.  The report will be presented to the Special Educational Needs Partnership Board and will then come to the next meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board.


Resolved:  That the Health and Wellbeing Board:


i)  Received and considered the Special Educational Needs Improvement Plan, noting that this would continue to drive forward improvement over the next two years.

ii)  Considered the first assessment of progress on the newly implemented plan and would expect to receive regular updates at future meetings.


Report author: Helen Makinson

Date of decision: 23/07/2019

Decided at meeting: 23/07/2019 - Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board

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