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Defining excellence across SEND – we need your views

On 3 October 2019, we held a workshop to look at quality within SEND services and to co-produce our Cheshire East quality assurance framework. This was attended by partners from across education, health and care and local parents/carers of children and young people with SEND . We held a separate session with our children and young people at the  SEND Youth Forum to gather their views.

The outcome of this event is our Quality Assurance Framework (PDF, 1.8MB) which sets out clear ambitions and aspirations for the SEND Partnership. This is the latest version of the document based on the input from the workshop.

Within the document, we have set out what good will look like within SEND across Cheshire East. We appreciate that we still have a distance to go to achieve this, but the document outlines the quality assurance arrangements that will help us to achieve our aspirations.  It also includes the action plan that we developed at the workshop, which will help us with achievable steps towards our long term aspirations.

The framework will be considered at the SEND Partnership Board in December and will hopefully be approved, subject to any further feedback.

Please send any comments or feedback that you may have on the latest version of our Quality Assurance Framework to SENDpartnerships@cheshireeast.gov.uk  by 24 January 2020. All comments and feedback will be considered as we finalise the framework.

Feedback from a workshop attendee:

“I thought it was a really well organised and useful event with so much expertise in the room. The people on my table had some really good ideas and all actively contributed. The exercises were useful and easy to follow…I just wanted to say that it made me feel valued as a member of staff that you invested in this day for us.”

I would like to thank everyone who attended, as this was genuinely a workshop in which we worked TOGETHER to co-produce, and the contributions made by everyone were amazing.  The feedback from the workshop was excellent with everyone feeling they had made a contribution to our Quality Framework.

It was pleasing to see the commitment of everyone who attended the workshop in playing their part in our journey together to improve the quality of current services and ensure our children and young people are provided with the best support possible.

We plan to hold another workshop in spring/summer 2020 to review our progress across the SEND Partnership and to agree our next steps in working towards our ambitions.

Jacky Forster, Director of Education and Skills, Cheshire East Council and Chair of the 0-25 SEND Partnership