The inspection report from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission visit to Reading in June is out. In a substantially positive report, the main findings are:
- The quality of care and help for children and young people with SEND is improving.
- Leaders have an accurate understanding of what is working well and what needs improvement.
- There is stronger join working between professionals for many individuals with complex needs, with consequent greater protective support for potentially vulnerable children and young people.
- More specialist school places have been created.
- Joint working is weaker for the very youngest children.
- Leaders must reduce the long waiting times some children must endure while waiting for an assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While plans are in place to recruit the staff needed to tackle this backlog, leaders do not have sufficient oversight of this situation.
- Leaders must improve the way that the communicate with parents.
The full report can be read here.