SEND: Ofsted report tackles co-production, SENCOs, and EHCP delays

The vital role of effective parental co-production, SENCOs under pressure, and the on-going bureaucracy and delays of the EHCP system are three key takeaways from Ofsted’s snapshot report into SEN provision. Pete Henshaw takes a look

Co-production with parents and carers and ensuring SENCOs have enough time to carry out their role are two keys to effective SEN provision in schools, Ofsted has said.

However, the system continues to experience huge delays to the assessment and allocation of Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCPs), with “high levels of bureaucracy” still an issue.

The findings are detailed within a small-scale, case study report published by Ofsted and based on the experiences of 21 children and young people with SEN attending schools in two local authorities (2021).

The research, which was carried out pre-pandemic, identifies good practice but also echoes many well-known problems and bottlenecks within the current system of SEN identification and provision.

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