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Hello OBC’s,

 

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, both in schools and standalone, have been contracted out to Tribal and Prospects since 2010, but Ofsted has

confirmed their contracts will not be renewed from April next year. Instead, visits to early years providers will be managed directly by Ofsted, by

directly employed inspectors. Ofsted will be responsible for their training and have complete oversight over the quality of inspections.

 

We want to congratulate Ofsted on their decision and for their willingness to work with the sector to create a fairer inspection system.

 

Catriona Nason


 

Press release

Ofsted to directly manage early years inspections

From: Ofsted
First published: 1 March 2016
Part of: Childcare and early education

Ofsted will have full control over the selection, training and management of early years inspectors from April 2017.

Ofsted’s early years inspections and regulatory work will be managed directly from April 2017, when the current contracts end.

At present 2 companies, Tribal and Prospects, undertake early years inspections on Ofsted’s behalf. These contracts run until 31 March 2017.

Bringing early years inspection under direct management means that Ofsted will have full control over the selection, training and management of inspectors, and complete oversight of the quality of inspection.

Nick Jackson, Ofsted Director of Corporate Services, said:

Since 2010, our two early years inspection service providers have successfully delivered inspection work for Ofsted. As these contracts come to an end this is the right time to consider carefully what our next steps should be. We have decided that early years inspection should be brought in line with schools and further education and skills, with Ofsted directly managing all inspections. With our experience of bringing schools and further education inspections under our control, we are confident that we can manage this transition smoothly.

Ofsted’s early years inspections and regulatory work will be managed directly from April 2017, when the current contracts end.

At present 2 companies, Tribal and Prospects, undertake early years inspections on Ofsted’s behalf. These contracts run until 31 March 2017.

Bringing early years inspection under direct management means that Ofsted will have full control over the selection, training and management of inspectors, and complete oversight of the quality of inspection.

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