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Ask Us Local Authority SEND OFSTED Inspection Results

25th January 2022

In November 2021, OFSTED and the Care Quality Commission looked at how well the Nottingham City local area is providing for children and young people with SEND.  

The inspection looks at: 

How the Local Authority has responded to the SEND reforms 

The services and provisions in place at different stages of life for SEND children and young people 

The partnerships between local organisations and the Local Authority and how good they are at providing services for SEND children and young people 

The Council’s strategies and plans to make SEND provisions better and more accessible  

The opinions of local parents, carers, children, young people and service providers – how they feel the Local Authority is performing.  


You can download the full report here.

We’re really pleased to be able to share that, overall, the report shows that the AskUs, IRIS and Futures SEND support services are well received and are having a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with SEND. 

Here are some quotes from the report talking about how Futures and Ask Us support the community and provide positive outcomes: 


“The [council’s] partnership with ‘Futures’ strongly supports young people with SEND to transfer from schools into further education, employment or training.” 


“Highly effective partnership working through ‘Futures’ supports young people to prepare for adulthood. ‘Futures ’provides a range of services for young people with SEND. It offers an individualised approach to support these young people through this key phase in their lives.” 


“Parents of children and young people with SEND find the advice and support they receive from the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information and Advice Service helpful. Trained advisers work closely with families and support parents well.” 


“Children and young people with SEND can share their views and have their voices heard. A recent initiative linked to ‘AskUs Nottingham’ (Young Reviewers group) involved children and young people with SEND feeding back their views on facilities and services provided in the city. Issues such as how public transport best meets their needs and access to the castle were brought to the attention of leaders. Children and young people with SEND are proud of their involvement in this project.” 


“Young people with SEND are supported to make appropriate choices for their post-16 destinations. Schools manage transition meetings well, working closely with ‘Futures ’to help young people move onto meaningful education or training. A large proportion of young people with SEND leave school to attend further education, enter employment or begin apprenticeships. Young people aspire to attain qualifications and to achieve their ambitions.” 

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