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Quality Assurance of Education Health and Care Plans

Since the Ofsted Visit last year, the SEND team have attended training run by the Council for Disabled Children to improve the quality of Education Health and Care plans. We have developed a set of practice standards for SEND key workers to use when drafting plans. New advice templates are being trialled and updated to ensure we are getting the right advice for the plans. We are also working on the language used in our advice and making sure it is in words that are easy to understand. We are also currently developing practice standards for the advice givers from Education, Health and Social Care.

In-house training has also taken place around our 10 new non-negotiables which all plans have to be checked against. These include a description of social needs, a photo where appropriate and a golden thread to run through the plans of strengths, areas for development and aspirations. This will enable key workers to quality assure their own plans.

Quality assurance measures have shown an improvement in the quality of our plans, including those that are being reviewed and the areas that we need to continue to improve upon. Once the SEND team restructure is in place, locality managers will sign off all new plans to ensure they are satisfied that plans meet our criteria. We are committed to continue to improve the quality of our Education Health and Care plans and watch this space for more updates including an online survey.