Ofsted rebuffs FOI request for early years inspection data

The Pre-school Learning Alliance has had to re-submit a freedom of information request after Ofsted said that it would be too costly to provide the information on early years inspections for the time period requested. This is from Nursery World

Ofsted partially rejected the request on the number of early years inspections triggered by a complaint because it does not hold the information on the number of inspections that were triggered by a complaint, prior to September 2012.The Pre-School Learning Alliance’s initial FOI asked for data going back over two years.

The Alliance says that Ofsted’s inability to respond highlights ‘extremely worrying’ failings in the inspectorate’s monitoring systems.

The early years organisation has been forced to re-submit a new FOI request relating only to complaint-initiated inspections dating back to September 2012.

Ofsted rejected the original request, because it said the data on quality assurance is ‘not easily accessible’ and costs more than the budget set for FOI requests…

Neil Leitch said, ‘Given the serious concerns about the fairness of Ofsted inspections that have been raised by the sector, Ofsted’s admission that it would need to manually collate the data on quality assurance downgrades is extremely worrying. Isn’t this something they should already be monitoring?

‘We believe it should be a priority for Ofsted to collate crucial data in an accessible way. The rejection of this aspect of our FoI request will inevitably be interpreted by the sector as proof that Ofsted has little understanding of the important role that accessible, accurate data plays in inspiring confidence, openness and transparency.’

The Alliance has been forced to file a new request for data on complaint-initiated inspection downgrades relating only to inspections that have taken place since September 2012…

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  1. IDickson258

    EYofExcellence signoramac SchoolsImprove certainly in terms of social care, I would question the level of credibility Ofsted enjoys.

  2. EYofExcellence

    IDickson258 signoramac SchoolsImprove agree,worked in residential units when OFSTED took over inspection similar story there

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