The education fo children with SEND (or lack of it) during the pandemic has been on our minds all year. How can we make schools and LAs accountable for ensuring disabled children's provision is met? While most children have had precious little time in school this year, for those with SEND, it's been even worse and some still are not back in their regular settings.
Ofsted's inspectors have been making non-judgemental visits to schools and local authorities and we wrote here about what they found in their first interim report. SPoiler alert: it wasn't good.
SO, I hope you'll take a listen to our new episode of SNJ in Conversation, where our columnist Matt Keer and I, were joined by Nick Whittaker. Nick is an Ofsted HM Inspector and its SEND Specialist Adviser. Nick chats to us about how Ofsted's been examining SEND provision during the coronavirus pandemic and what they've learned. We also discuss whether the area SEND inspections have made any difference, whether Ofsted looks at why more parents are choosing to home educate, what they focus on during inspections that give them a good view of SEND provision and why they don't give a separate SEND grade to schools.
We sourced questions from readers and from members of our "Let's Talk about SEND" Facebook Group. The good news is that Nick will be doing more of these chats and they'll be theme-based. Tell us (via the reply form at the end) what you want us to hone in on next!
It's quite a long one, but easy to listen while you're commuting, driving, cooking, exercising or whatever you do when you listen to podcasts - I'm currently crocheting along!
Listen to the Podcast Version of our Ofsted chat
You can find it on all the main podcasting platforms, the main ones are listen below and we've embedded the Spotify version here too.
Watch on YouTube
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- Find all SNJ in Conversation episodes
- Ofsted: Disabled children “seriously affected in both care and education” during pandemic
- We need more awareness that pandemic life is far from an equal experience
- Ofsted’s grim verdict on SEND in England
- Ofsted/CQC SEND inspectors dropping by soon, but in learning mode
- SEND 2020: What’s the current state of Ofsted local area inspections?
- Ofsted explains its new way of reporting on SEND provision in education
- Is Ofsted a “force for good” in improving the education of SEND learners?
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