Dudley's Local Offer is a one stop resource of information and services available to children and young people (aged 0-25) with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), their parents, carers and families.
Dudley’s Local offer has been re-developed to make it easier for young people, with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to access information and support services in the borough.
The purpose of the re-visit was to determine whether the local area has made sufficient progress in addressing the areas of significant weakness detailed in the written statement of action that was approved by the Department for Education in December 2019 following the borough’s joint local area SEND inspection in May 2019.
Following the revisit in 2022, inspectors found that the Local area had made sufficient progress in eight of the fourteen areas identified at the May 2019 inspection.
The Local area was required to submit an Accelerated Progress Plan (APP) for the remaining six areas. This has now been approved by the DfE, and the plan can be viewed in the SEND Key Documents section, alongside the APP approval letter via Dudley's SEND Local Offer
In July 2019 Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission published their findings of their joint area SEND (special education needs and disabilities) inspection of services and provision that they carried out in May. The inspectors determined that a Written Statement of Action (WSoA) or action plan was required. This was submitted to Ofsted in November and approved on 20 December 2019.
We have set up a programme office to oversee and drive improvement.
The partnership who are made up of made up of the council, Dudley CCG, Dudley Parent Carer Forum – NHS, health providers, schools, colleges, employers, parents & carers and children and young people have worked together to clearly articulate what as a system Dudley is doing to improve our processes, support and ultimately bring about better outcomes for children and young people with SEND.