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Improving SEND Services

Find out about the work we are doing to improve Improving SEND Services in Torbay.

We are working in partnership with NHS Devon and SEND Family Voice Torbay to improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and their families.

We want you to have the very best opportunities now and in the future.

We have produced an improvement plan – called a ‘written statement of action’ – which we are now putting into action. The plan sets out how we are going to make improvements in areas highlighted in an inspection of SEND services earlier this year. We have made an easy to read version of this plan.

Every three months the Department for Education and the Care Quality Commission review our progress towards our Written Statement of Action. You can read their reports on our quarterly progress here:

Summary of our SEND improvement plan (Written Statement of Action)

In November 2021, a team of inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) spent five days in Torbay. They talked to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). They also talked to their parents and carers and education, social care and health partners.

They found significant weaknesses in services. They said Torbay Council and NHS Devon had to produce a plan explaining how we will improve services. It is called a ‘Written Statement of Action’.

We worked with SEND Family Voice Torbay, led by local parents, to produce the plan. Local families had their say through Family Voice Torbay, group engagement sessions and a survey. Ofsted approved the plan in April and it has now been published.

The improvement work is being led by Torbay’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategic Board. This brings together social care, education, health and local families in Torbay.

Sections

Our vision for SEND services in Torbay

Our vision is ‘to create a healthy, happy Torbay where individuals and communities can thrive’. This is from the Torbay Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

We will work in partnership with SEND Family Voice Torbay as well as children, young people, parents, carers and partners.

We want to improve support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities within Torbay so they have the very best opportunities now and in the future.

Improvement pillars

Our improvement work is built on four ‘pillars’.