March 2016

DWP has published a cost/benefit analysis of the work experience scheme which was introduced in 2011 to help young unemployed people get work-based skills through a 2–8 week placement with a local employer. The key findings from this analysis are as follows: • This study provides additional evidence that taking part in work experience reduces the time 19–24-year-old JSA claimants spend on benefit and increases the time they spend in employment.

Ofsted and CQC have published a report on the outcomes of its consultation on local area SEN inspections. This report summarises the responses to the formal consultation about the inspection arrangements to test how effectively local areas fulfil their responsibilities to children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The inspections are due to begin in May 2016.