Month: December 2016

SEND inspection looms – calling all parents

Wolverhampton is preparing for an inspection that will examine how well the local area is embedding the Children and Families Act 2014.

In order to improve services and outcomes for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (SEN). Wolverhampton will receive notification of the inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  The inspectors will focus much of their time on speaking to parents, carers, children and young people about how well Wolverhampton is responding to the needs of local families in relation to SEN and disability.

It really is essential that you have your say.  The Information, Advice and Support Service would like to have a 'bank' of parents/carers on stand-by so that when notice is given, we can contact you and invite you to speak with the inspection team.  If you are reading this thinking that you would like to be involved but do not feel confident, or that you do not feel knowledgeable about the system, please still consider coming forward.  We are keen for the inspectors to speak to those 'in the know' and those who are not.  We want them to hear from local families about what things are really like.    

This is your chance to have your say at a really important time.  Perhaps you have had a fantastic experience – then please come forward to share that too.  You will be given a very warm welcome along with a cuppa and a slice of cake!   We do not have date for the inspection yet but we would like to be prepared.  To find out more or to register your interest, please contact Lucy Harris (Manager of the Information, Advice and Support Service) 01902 556945 or email

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have prepared an inspection handbook and framework, which will can be found here.

Calling all young people – would you like to be on the big screen?

Not quite Hollywood but Wolverhampton needs you!  Some training is being developed for schools and for people working across education, health and social care about changes made to the law around special educational needs and disability.  Some short videos will be included in the training and we would them to feature young people from Wolverhampton.  Would you be willing to read some lines for these films? Do you know somebody who would like to be involved?
If so, please get in touch with us at the Information, Advice and Support Service email: by 31st January 2017.