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Reporting Requirements for Ofsted Inspectors

keep-calm-it-s-only-ofsted-32The Reporting requirements for Ofsted early years inspections has been updated today and I always find it useful to see what has been changed in the document. It helps inform us of the nuances that come into play during the inspection process. So what has changed?

Well as you would expect it now reflects the four judgements of the Common Inspection Framework which are inserted into page 1 of the document. On the surface, and if you only skim read you might miss the other more telling changes, as they are mostly within the latter section of ‘Inspectors must report on’. So here are the ‘biggies’ in that section:

  • the insertion of ‘statutory and other government requirements’ – not just the EYFS, potentially this is to cover things like the Prevent Duty but could include so much more in the future…
  • change from impact on children’s progress to ‘children’s outcomes’
  • the addition of ‘outcomes’ into the reporting on any variations in the learning of different groups of children
  • under supervisions the addition of staff training to now ‘improve teaching’
  • a change of wording from managers to ‘leaders’ who must now, when reviewing quality ‘set high expectations’ rather than targets
  • the ‘effectiveness’ of safeguarding rather than how well it is done

Finally just a note that any safeguarding ‘musts’ should be included under leadership & management.

Please do make sure that you read the correct one though as they both have the date January 2015 on and the number 150005 ! Well they wouldn’t make it easy for us to notice now would they…

Happy Reading!

About the author: Tricia Wellings

Tricia Wellings EYNFF Early Years National Funding Formula Analysis
Tricia qualified as an NNEB and achieved a BA (Hons) in Early Education Studies and Early Years Teacher Status. She obtained her PTLLS and CTTLS in order to teach adults and most recently her A1 assessors award. She has run a group of day nurseries for 18 years and trains her own teams.

Her passion for and knowledge of owning and running a nursery group and the issues within the sector that affect them is second to none. She continues to keep herself updated through regular meetings with PVI groups, Local Authorities, Ofsted Big Conversation and Conferences.

You can find our more about Tricia on her website www.triciawellings.co.uk

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