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Inspection of Northamptonshire County 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

When: 15 - 19 May 2017

Where: Various locations

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection of your local area. Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area: 

  • identifies the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.

The views of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible.

Meeting - 16 May

On Tuesday 16 May 2017, the inspectors are holding a meeting to gather the views of parents and carers who have used IASS and / or attended one of the IASS events.

For further information or express an interest in attending please email

Webinar - 15 May

The inspection will also include an online webinar to allow other Northamptonshire County Council parents and carers to contribute. The webinar will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 15 May 2017. It will led by the lead inspector, who will ask parents and carers about their views and experiences on how effectively Northamptonshire County Council is fulfilling the above responsibilities.

If you would like to take part in this webinar then please follow this internet link

Summer SENDsation

When: Sunday 11 June 2017
Where: Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton

Summer SENDsation is back! The exciting FREE event for local families (who have a child or young person with special educational needs and disabilities) will return to Northampton College’s state-of-the-art Booth Lane campus on Sunday 11th June 2017.

In 2015, Summer SENDsation welcomed local families for a fun-filled day of sports, activities, music, and relaxation with the chance to learn about the county’s best services for children and young people with SEND. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and plans are now underway to make the next Summer SENDsation bigger than ever!

This is an open event, so just turn up, family in tow!

School admissions application events - Autumn 2017

If your child turns 4 before 31 August 2018 it is time to apply for a Reception place OR if your child is in year 2 at Infant School it is time to apply for a Junior School place. The most convenient and secure way to apply is online at:

Need help? School admissions are hosting an array of useful school admissions application events in Autumn 2017 that will support you through this process:

  • Wellingborough Library, Thursday 28 September 10am to 12noon
  • Rushden Library, Tuesday 3 October 2pm to 3:30pm
  • Weston Favell Library, Wednesday 4 October 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Brackley Library, Friday 6 October 10:30am to 12:00noon
  • Corby Library, Tuesday 10 October 10:00am to 12noon
  • Kingsthorpe Library, Wednesday 11 October 1:30pm to 3:30pm   
  • Towcester Library, Friday 13 October 9:30am to 11:00am
  • Kettering Library, Tuesday 17 October 9:30am to 11:00am
  • Northampton Central Library, Friday 20 October 10:30am to 1pm

The Information Advice and Support Service (IASS) will also be available to provide parents /carers with general information around any issues relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Do come and say hello!


Online applications for primary school places are open on Monday 11 September. The closing date is Monday 15 January 2018 at 5pm.

The Short Breaks consultation - Have your say!

Short breaks are part of a range of services that support children in need and their families. They are provided for children and young people who are disabled or who have special educational needs (including autism, ADHD and mental health issues).

Most of the Short Break contracts will expire at some point over the next 12 months so the Local Authority needs to look at what families want so that new contracts can be set up.

This consultation will run for 6 weeks from Thursday 26 October until Wednesday 6 December 2017.

To let the commissioners know your views, complete the Short Breaks online survey. There's a survey for parents / carers, a survey for children / young people, and information leaflets - all of which have Easy Read versions.

If you require any more information or support with completing the consultation, please contact IASS for SEND in Northamptonshire via our new online contact form, by email at or give our helpline a call on 01604 364772.

2018 Moving On Up conferences

After the success of past years events, we are pleased to announce the 2018 dates for our 'Moving On Up' conferences to support secondary school students with SEN and Disability to develop independence and make informed choices. Students will participate in a number of workshops at The Saints Study Centre that help prepare for adulthood and independence. All students will also take part in a stadium tour of The Saints RFC!

 two rows of students seated ready to listen to talk

Year 9+ Conference - Wednesday 24 January 2018

Year 7/8 Conference - Wednesday 21 March 2018

Both conferences will run from 10am to 2pm at Northampton Saints RFC, Franklin's Gardens, Weedon Road, Northampton, NN5 5BG. Both conferences are free.

For more information please contact Nikki Taylor at If you would like to register your interest and be put on a waiting list, please email

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