Joint local area SEND inspection in South Tyneside
Between 24 June 2019 and 28 June 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the local area of South Tyneside to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.
Inspectors spoke with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), parents and carers, and local authority and National Health Service (NHS) officers.
They visited a range of providers and spoke to leaders, staff and governors about how they are implementing the SEND reforms. Inspectors looked at a range of information about the performance of the local area, including the local area's self-evaluation. Inspectors met with leaders from the local area for health, social care and education. They reviewed performance data and evidence about the local offer and joint commissioning.
This letter outlines the findings from the inspection, including some areas of strength and areas for further improvement: