Improving outcomes for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND)
Between the 3-7 December 2018, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the Luton local area to judge its effectiveness in implementing the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. These duties came into force in September 2014.
The inspection highlighted a number of strengths including the passion and commitment of front-line staff in supporting children with SEND and their families. However, it was determined that there were areas of significant weakness which required the local area to produce and submit a Written Statement of Action to show how we will improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
The Written Statement of Action was coproduced with members of the Luton Parent Carer Forum and health, education and social care professionals. It contains the areas of weakness and the detailed actions that Luton Council, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group and partners will take to address these.
- View our Written Statement of Action for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- View our SEND Written Statement of Action on a page
Our vision statement
Luton’s vision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people - that they achieve well in early years, at school and at college to enable them to lead happy and fulfilled lives within a safe environment and where they have choice and control.
Parents, carers and young people contributed to the development of our new SEND strategy, which sets out our shared ambition for improving outcomes for children and young people in Luton.
Download our Luton SEND strategy
Parents, carers and young people contributed to the development of our new SEND outcomes framework. Six key outcomes were identified
- I want to be healthy – physically and mentally
- I want to be safe
- I want to be the best that I can be
- I want to do as much for myself as possible
- I want to be part of the community
- I want to be heard
See full details of the six outcomes and download our poster
Our SEND strategic Leadership Charter
Senior partners across Luton have agreed the eight principles for working which are aimed at improving the services and outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
To improve how we are working together as a Local Area to improve outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND), we have identified named people from each of the main organisations who will “champion” the needs of these children and young people within their own organisation.
Find out more about our SEND Champions
Get involved with co-production
We are committed to co-producing the improvements we need to make as a local area and so there will be a range of opportunities for you to get involved, from taking part in surveys to participating in workshops. We will be advertising these on the Local Offer, so keep a look out!
Download our new Working Together Charter for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This charter was developed by parents, carers and young people and explains seven principles of how partners will work to ensure that at children, young people and their parents are heard and listened to in respect to their own needs and that parents and carers are involved in co-production
The Transforming Care Programme in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes aims to ensure that individuals with a diagnosed learning disability (LD) and/ or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) are supported to the greatest extent possible within local communities and within suitable environments to avoid unnecessary in-patient hospital admissions. Find out more about the Transforming Care Programme.