Decision details

Joint Local Area Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Inspection in Oldham 2 - 6 October 2017

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Consideration was given to a report of the Executive Director, Economy and Skills and Neighbourhoods which sought to update the Cabinet on the recent Ofsted/CQC inspection on the provision of Special Educational Needs (SEND) support in Oldham and sought approval for the additional revenue required to support the service.

It was reported that the Local Authority together with the local Clinical Commissioning Group had responsibility under the Children’s and Families Act 2014 for an effective SEND process and provision.

The recent inspection by Ofsted/CQC found that arrangements were not satisfactory and required the Council and the CCG to co-produce a Written Statement of Action (WOSA) by the 2nd March 2018.

The report provided details of the actions taken by the Council and CCG since the inspection and identified revenue funding requirements to develop a robust, effective and quality process to support improvement in educational attainment of pupils within Oldham with SEND.

Options/Alternatives considered

Option 1 – To agree the proposed actions, revenue funding and final sign off of the WOSA to be delegated to the Executive Director Health and Wellbeing and Executive Director Economy Skills and Neighbourhoods and Oldham CCG .

Option 2 – No to agree the proposals.



1.     The proposed actions to improve the outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability in Oldham as set out in the report be agreed.

2.     The additional permanent funding of up to £500,000 in order to increase the capacity of the Special Educational Needs Assessment Service undertaking the Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) process to improve quality and timeliness and to provide the management oversight required to do so be agreed.

3.     Delegation be given to the Cabinet Member for Education and Early Years together with the Executive Director Health and Wellbeing (as Director of Children’s Services), the Executive Director Economy, Skills and Neighbourhoods and Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group for the final sign off on the Written Statement of Action in order for it to be submitted to Ofsted by 2 March 2018. A report containing the submitted Written Statement of Action together with any feedback from Ofsted would be brought back for Cabinet to note on 26 March 2018.


Publication date: 28/02/2018

Date of decision: 26/02/2018

Decided at meeting: 26/02/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 08/03/2018

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