A development plan to improve services for children with special needs has been approved by Ofsted and the CQC.
The plan was developed following a joint report by Ofsted and the CQC into the delivery of Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) services in the county that are commissioned and delivered by the county council and schools with support of the Staffordshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
More than £350,000 has been earmarked by the county council for additional support workers and extra capacity to draft Education, Health and Care Plans for affected children.
The report’s authors noted that a great deal of new work had begun in the previous 12 months, including successful new approaches piloted in South Staffordshire and Leek where people are working together in their communities to reshape SEND support.
But it also asked for more to be done on several issues, including improved coordination and delivery across services, better sharing of good work across the county and improving pupils’ academic results.
The report also wanted more support for children using Pupil Referral Units and returning more pupils with SEND to mainstream education.