Please see the latest briefing note regarding Dudley MBC SEND Improvement Programme. Feel free to comment in the usual way and make your thoughts known.

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Improving the lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities in the Dudley borough

Keeping stakeholders, parents and carers informed about Dudley’s SEND Improvement Programme


Ofsted 240 x 150 Written Statement of Action (WSoA)

On Friday 20th December 2019, the Written Statement of Action was officially sign-off by Ofsted. The document can be viewed here.

In July 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission published their findings of their joint area SEND (special education needs and disabilities) inspection of services and provision that they carried out in May.

As a result of the findings of this inspection, and in accordance with the Children Act 2004 (Joint Area Reviews) Regulations 2015, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) has determined that a Written Statement of Action is required because of significant areas of weakness in the local area’s practice.

We know that every child or young person deserves the very best, but we also recognise that we do not yet deliver this on a consistent basis in Dudley. The inspectors have found a number of areas of significant weakness, but they have also identified some areas of strong practice. However, we are reassured that the inspectors have echoed our self-evaluation and understanding of areas for improvement and we fully accept their findings.

Our Written Statement of Action has been designed around the fourteen areas of concern raised by the inspectors and was co‐produced with our partners including the council, Dudley Parent Carer Forum, Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group and Youth Justice.

The next briefing note will be published on Friday 31st January.


USEFUL CONTACTS Interim Director of Children’s Services – Catherine Knowles:cath.knowles@dudley.gov.uk

Interim Assistant Director Children’s Services: Helen Ellis: helen.ellis@dudley.gov.uk

SEND Manager – Sue Powell: susan.powell@dudley.gov.uk

SEND Team Manager – Rob Bennett: Robert.X.Bennett@dudley.gov.uk

SEND Programme Manager – Simon Hickman: simon.hickman@dudley.gov.uk

SEND Programme Manager – Paul Klein: paul.klein@dudley.gov.uk