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Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly, an inspection of our local area. The Inspection will evaluate Torbay Borough Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) from Monday 15 November to Friday 19 November 2021. You can read the full letter here

The majority of children with special educational needs will have their needs met in mainstream school at SEN support without the need for an EHC plan.

We will also always seek to place SEN pupils who have an EHC plan in mainstream schools providing that:

  • The school is suitable for the child’s age, ability and aptitude and the special educational needs
  • The child’s attendance is not incompatible with the efficient education of other children in the school, and
  • The placement is an efficient use of the LA’s resources.

The Council has a Strategic Policy for Inclusion which works to promote inclusion, reduce disadvantage and support potential learners into learning experiences. Torbay’s key principles of inclusion includes reducing the number of pupils with Special Educational Needs in special schools and ensuring that the number in mainstream school rises.

For further information:

If you would like independent information, advice and support, contact SENDIASS Torbay on 01803 208239.

If your child does not have an EHC plan, contact our school admissions team on 01803 208908.

If your child has an EHC plan, contact our SEN team on 01803 208274.

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