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Ofsted will continue to outsource the vast majority of its early years inspection work despite opposition from providers, it has emerged.

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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 Serco Education, have been extended by a period of 18 months.

“We have extended our current contracts with our early years inspection service providers to March 2017,” the document states.

The announcement comes despite early years providers calling for the contracts, which were due to expire in September 2015, to be brought back in-house.

Providers have previously raised concerns about the consistency and quality of inspections carried out by third-party providers, which account for more than 90 per cent of Ofsted’s early years inspections.

– See more at cypnou.co.uk

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