Ofsted attacked over early years inspections

The BBC is reporting claims from the Pre-School Learning Alliance that Ofsted has a “fundamental problem” with the quality of its inspections of early years education…

Two-thirds of formal complaints against the watchdog in the year to March were from nurseries or childminders.

The Alliance says Ofsted needs to make improving the quality of early years inspections “a priority”.

Chief executive Neil Leitch said early years providers had questions over “quality, fairness and consistency”.

The figures for complaints are published in Ofsted’s annual report and accounts for the year ending March 2014.

Out of a total of 1,809 complaints, 1,197 came from the early childhood sector – some 66% of the total – and up from 48% last year, says the Alliance.

Of a total of 327 complaints which resulted in an internal Ofsted review, 236 (72%) were from early years providers, up from 50% last year.

The Alliance, which represents 14,000 providers of early years education, says the figures are worrying.

“Early years inspections only account for around half of all Ofsted inspections.

“So the fact that 66% of formal complaints and 72% of internal review requests come from early years providers suggests that there is a fundamental problem with the early years inspection process,” said Mr Leitch.

He said early years providers had little confidence in the inspection process and urged Ofsted to bring inspections of nurseries and childminders back in-house…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove What are Ofsted good at? Driving a political agenda? And they continue unquestioned in any way by politicians; bizarre

  2. andylutwyche

    kccv1 SchoolsImprove I don’t really understand how SMW’s position is still tenable with the repeated “scandals” and clear incompetence.

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