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Ofsted calls for unspent millions to benefit two-year-olds

New report says that last year around 80,000 eligible children did not take up their free place at an early years setting. Tens of thousands of disadvantaged 2-year-olds are not benefiting from the free early education they are entitled to, an Ofsted survey has found. Since Ofsted last reported on this issue in June 2015, […]


By Adam Offord | Children & Young People Now A leading children’s charity is to help run looked-after children’s services at an “inadequate” rated local authority, in what is thought to be the first arrangement of its kind in England. The collaboration between Norfolk County Council and charity Barnardo’s will see the creation of a […]


Sean Harford, 12 April 2016 Back in June last year, when Ofsted announced the changes to inspection under the common inspection framework, we also explained how we intended to strengthen the way we deal with complaints about inspection. In September, we introduced independent scrutiny to make the process more transparent, fair and fully objective. Bear with […]


Ofsted to directly manage early years inspections

Hello NEyTCO, We are delighted with the news that Ofsted is bringing early years inspections back in-house.  This is great news for the sector, children and parents. It was the inspections by Tribal and Prospects since 2010 that created a need for Ofsted Big Conversation. The history is well known! Inspections of early years provision, […]


Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI), sent a letter to schools and a letter to early years providers in England. Updated documents: Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years from September 2015 School inspection handbook from September 2015 Non-association independent school inspection handbook from September 2015 Further education and skills inspection handbook from […]


We met in the London NatWest Head Office in Little Argyle Street on a warm day. Like all OBC we had some regulars and some new people but the mix was like a perfect Hendricks Gin, sparkling and full of fizz balanced with a cool strip of cucumber. The team was led by Wendy Ratcliff […]


These changes will come in to effect from September 2015. You can read the presentations from Ofsted’s  launch events here, a full guidance page here, a brief summary here and the following updated documents in more detail below: Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years from September 2015 School inspection handbook from September 2015 Non-association independent […]


Ofsted will continue to outsource the vast majority of its early years inspection work despite opposition from providers, it has emerged. Ofsted has announced it will extend third-party contracts for early years inspections. Picture: David McCullough Ofsted’s annual report for 2014/15, published yesterday, reveals that existing contracts with third-party providers Tribal Group, Prospects Services and […]


Early years initial teacher training will be inspected for the first time From April 2015 Ofsted will inspect early years initial teacher training providers which provide training for those working with children up to five years of age. This is part of a drive to help raise standards in nurseries and early years settings. Early […]


Sections Schools Social care Further education and skills Early years and childcare Across Ofsted Future of education inspection: regional launch events – Learn more about the changes to the way Ofsted inspects schools, further education and skills, and early years provision from September at regional events. Ofsted improvement events for all remits and regions – Dates and […]

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