ofsted

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Speaks on How it Uses Research

On 18 January Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief iInspector, spoke at the annual lecture about how Ofsted and the education sector uses research. In this speech, Ms Spielman outlined the main reasons why Ofsted uses research and how that research is used during the inspection process. This comes after Ofsted’s announcement during an invite-only meeting with …

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Speaks on How it Uses Research Read More »

Ofsted publishes new code of conduct for inspections

On 1 September 2022 Ofsted published an updated guidance on its code of conduct (“The Guidance”) which provides direction on the conduct of inspectors and the expectations they have for providers. Ofsted have stated that the primary purpose of inspection or regulation under its framework is to bring about improvement in education provision for all …

Ofsted publishes new code of conduct for inspections Read More »

Concerns over damaging impact of staff shortages on children’s social care

On 27 July 2022 Ofsted published a report entitled ‘Children’s social care 2022: recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic’ (“The Report”). The report investigates the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to children’s social care, using focus groups, inspections, and interviews with inspectors to aid the investigation. The report concluded that the pandemic has …

Concerns over damaging impact of staff shortages on children’s social care Read More »

Reintroducing Joint Targeted Area Inspections – What Providers Need to Know

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (“Ofsted”), the Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (“HMICFRS”) announced on 28 March 2022 that they will restart their joint targeted area inspections (“JTAI”) programme. Programme JTAIs are carried out under S.20 of the Children Act 2004 …

Reintroducing Joint Targeted Area Inspections – What Providers Need to Know Read More »

Changes to Ofsted’s Social Care Common Inspection Framework from 1 April 2022

On 11 March 2022, Ofsted published the outcomes of a public consultation in relation to proposed changes to the Social Care Common Inspection Framework (“SCCIF”). The consultation ran from 2 November 2021 to 24 January 2022 and sought views from the public and those working in the sectors covered by the framework, on the way …

Changes to Ofsted’s Social Care Common Inspection Framework from 1 April 2022 Read More »

Government Consultation on Fees and Inspection Frequency in Children’s Homes – The Rundown

The government has just published the outcome of its consultation on fees and frequency of inspection regulations 2022-2023 for children’s home providers. Between 19 November 2021 and 14 January 2022 the government consulted on: A 10% increase on current fees payable by children’s social care providers, for those providers which are not already at full …

Government Consultation on Fees and Inspection Frequency in Children’s Homes – The Rundown Read More »

If Ofsted cancelled your registration would you know what to do?

Many of the children’s home providers we advise at Ridouts are exasperated by the sheer speed at which concerns expressed by Ofsted can escalate into serious enforcement action. Regulatory concerns may start with relatively straightforward recommendations for improvement but quickly escalate to compliance actions and, in the most severe of circumstances, cancellation of registration. It …

If Ofsted cancelled your registration would you know what to do? Read More »

Ofsted backtracks and withdraws ‘intrusive’ guidance for childminders

Ofsted has withdrawn guidance which has suggested childminders should notify the watchdog if they have depression or have been bereaved following criticism that the requirement would be ‘intrusive’. The guidance, originally published on Wednesday, called for Ofsted-registered childminders, nannies or day-care providers to report “any significant events” that might affect their “suitably” to look after …

Ofsted backtracks and withdraws ‘intrusive’ guidance for childminders Read More »

Ofsted Accelerating Plan to Inspect Schools in England Sparking Fury

Headteachers among the country have strongly criticised the policy of ensuring all schools are inspected by the summer of 2025. Ofcom’s plan to accelerate inspections have been condemned by teaching unions, which have highlighted the extraordinary pressure schools are currently still under due to Covid. Headteachers have reacted with fury and disbelief to government plans, …

Ofsted Accelerating Plan to Inspect Schools in England Sparking Fury Read More »

Can we help?