The role and performance of Ofsted: second report of session 2010-11: Vol. 1 Report, together with formal minutes

House of Commons papers 570-I 2010-11

Corporate Author:
Great Britain Parliament House of Commons Education Committee
Graham Stuart (chairman)
TSO (The Stationery Office)

The House of Commons Education Committee concludes that splitting Ofsted into two new organisations-the Inspectorate for Education and the Inspectorate for Children's Care-will help to focus and improve inspection in this country. The Committee believes a single children's inspectorate is too big to function effectively, and needs greater elements of specialism to give people increased confidence in inspections. Splitting Ofsted would raise confidence that the inspection of all settings is being carried out by inspectors with relevant training and experience. Different approaches to inspection would flourish, and the profile of Ofsted's non-education remit, which the Committee says Ofsted has not adequately communicated and of which many people are unaware, would be given a welcome boost. It is essential that the new Education Inspectorate prioritises reporting on progress made per pupil across the full range of ability groups and the Department for Education should seek to give these progress measures prominence comparable to other key measures, such as 'five good GCSEs' and the new English Baccalaureate. Too few inspectors have recent and relevant experience of the types of settings they inspect. Urgent reform of the Voluntary Childcare Register is needed, says the Committee. It heard evidence that the current operation of the register is seriously flawed and, far from providing a reliable system of registration and safeguarding, might mislead parents by suggesting a level of quality assurance that has not been undertaken.

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