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Schools and Childcarers To Get Little or No Warning

In an exciting announcement, Ofsted will change the way it carries out inspections. Announced in today’s publication of The Future Of Early Years Inspection- Results of the Consultation , from April 2005, nurseries will face no notice inspections, a new grading scale and the introduction of self-assessment. This shift is an attempt to integrate the inspection of childcare and nursery education, schools and other post-16 training providers.

The bulk of the respondents to Ofsted’s early years consultation came from parents and childcare professionals, who were almost entirely in favour of the no notice inspections. Daycare inspections will be done with no notice and childminders will have a few days notice to ensure that they will be in. The inspections will be graded in the same way that school inspections are; outstanding, good, satisfactory and inadequate.

“I”m delighted at the positive feedback and support Ofsted has received for its proposed changes”¦it shows that teachers, childcarers and parents alike support our vision for a more integrated approach to the inspection of education and care for 0-19 year old,” commented David Bell, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools.

In conjunction with the Adult Learning Inspectorate, Ofsted has just launched a formal consultation on The Framework for Inspecting Schools and The Common Inspection Framework . This consultation follows an initial consultation when respondents overwhelmingly endorsed proposals for a three years inspection cycle, with lighter inspections, less notice and more self-evaluation. Today’s proposals include the introduction of a common inspection schedule which will list the questions inspectors must ask of any education and training provider.

Adding further comments, Bell said, “As the world of education continues to change, so must the role of inspection. I”m committed to making sure that our inspection processes continue to ensure that all providers of education and care are focused on delivering the high standards that our young people deserve.”

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