The letter is an externally verified statement of the SEND provision as it now exists and the 1000+ comments alongside those in the Annual SEND Survey, as well as the continuous dialogue that FACT reps have been engaged in over many years, have been instrumental in ensuring that the lived experience of families is clearly at its heart.

There is no rating system for the SEND Inspection (in contrast to those for schools). Instead, the Inspection team identifies areas of strength and areas for development (weakness).

The letter written to Buckinghamshire contains some significant areas designated for development and whilst noting that there are clear signs of intent to improve key aspects of the provision, it emphasises that the lived experience of families and the outcomes of children and young people have not yet been sufficiently improved and so the efforts must be ongoing. It is vital that the Improvement Journey continues at pace and FACT will remain focussed on pressing for it and highlighting when progress remains too slow.

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