What’s coming from Ofsted

Ofsted Outstanding 2015We were lucky enough to attend the NDNA Conference this week and Ofsted had some stuff to say about the Common Inspection Framework!   It will be introduced in September 2015 and all the information will be available from around June – allegedly into a single handbook.

Important:  If you are currently graded ‘Satisfactory’ under the old schedule, you can expect an Inspection by the end of March 2015.  You have been warned!

Ofsted are currently piloting the Evaluation Schedule and have acknowledged there will need to be tweaks for the Early Years, and indeed for all the four of the groups that fall into the Framework. However, there are renamed/redefined areas with the schedule and a greater emphasis on both safeguarding and the delivery of the curriculum. They will focus on the things that matter most and this will include the quality of Teaching and its impact on children’s progress and achievement.

Our new judgements will be based on:

  • Leadership & Management to include a focus on curriculum leadership and the impact for children. They will also consider the ambitions and vision of the leadership and the culture of the setting alongside overall safeguarding, readiness for school and behaviour management
  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment will focus on parents as partners in their children’s learning and seek to find evidence of the ways in which settings use assessment to support improvement
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare will be considering the care practices, behaviour and interactions to evidence how children keep themselves safe and evidence of how we promote healthy lifestyles and independence, also looking at the next steps and transitions for children
  • Outcomes for Children will require us to evidence how different groups have progress from their starting points. Not a ‘race for the goals’ but how children progress over time. Evidence of how underperforming children and children with additional needs are supported to progress as well

Another impact for everyone is the removal of the Requires Improvement criteria. These are not something that Ofsted feel should be worked towards and as Good is the minimum target for all settings, this is where the descriptors will focus. On the plus side, whilst there will be more descriptors in the Outstanding section, you can now achieve Outstanding under a ‘best-fit’ model, you do not have to have every area in Outstanding to achieve it. This will be an interesting one to follow as it gets rolled out.

If you want to see the complete report on the consultation, it can be downloaded from here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/400625/Better_inspection_for_all_consultation_response_FINAL_2_.pdf

About the author: Tricia Wellings

Tricia Wellings
Tricia qualified as an NNEB and achieved a BA (Hons) in Early Education Studies and Early Years Teacher Status before getting her PTLLS and CTTLS in order to teach adults. She has run a group of day nurseries for 16 years and trains her own teams. Her knowledge of the sector is second to none and she continues to keep herself updated through regular meetings with Local Authorities, Ofsted Big Conversation and Conferences.

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