Somerset’s Local Area Inspection


A joint Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection is taking place next week, (9-13 March 2020).

We have become aware of a technical error resulting in all parents of children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans  receiving a letter outlining a visit by inspectors to their child’s educational setting.

We apologise for any confusion and anxiety this may have caused.

This letter should only have been received by a small number of parents.

Please be assured that no personal details have been shared inappropriately.

Parents of children and young people in settings which will be visited by the inspection team will have received a detailed letter from their education setting informing them of the visit arrangements.

If you haven’t received any notification from your child’s education setting of a visit then the setting will not be involved in this part of the inspection process.

To find out more about the inspection and how to get involved please visit:


From Monday 09 March to Friday 13 March 2020, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection of Somerset County Council. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:

  • identifies children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • assesses and meets the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • improves outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The inspection will also include an online webinar to allow other parents and carers in the Somerset County Council local area to contribute. The session will be available on demand, and we will ask parents and carers to share their views and experiences on how effectively the Somerset County Council local area is fulfilling the above responsibilities. While we understand that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that extend before the implementation of the reforms in September 2014, it is important that this date is used as the start for gathering evidence about the impact of the reforms as part of our new inspections. We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases. 

The webinar will be available on demand between Monday 02 March and midnight on Tuesday 10 March 2020. Please note this webinar can be re-accessed if additional time is required to make comment.

Register here: