OFSTED inspection framework - updated April 2014

The OFSTED inspection Framework has changed again! A new version of the document was released in April 2014. You can download a copy of the document from our resource bank, or visit the OFSTED website. The key documents which have changed are the CC inspection handbooks and the document entitled ‘The Framework for Children’s Centre inspection’

The Changes to the inspection handbook are negligible but are as follows:

Page 10, point 32, bullet point 2 has changed to read: “gather additional essential contextual information about the Centre that is needed to plan the inspection such as the sites where services are delivered and wether these ware run directly by the centre or integrated with key partners.

Page 16, point 68 has changed, with the removal of the words ante-natal appointments.

Page 23, point 102 has had a large portion deleted and now reads: “Centres judged as ‘requires improvement’ will normally be inspected again within maximum period of two years or earlier if required.”

Page 24, point 108 has had the wording “and an action plan produced” removed. An additional point 109 has been added and reads: “Following an inspection the local authority must produce a written statement setting out the action they and any organisation managing the children’s centre on their behalf plan to take. The written action plan should be shared with Ofsted on request.”

Page 33 bullet point 4 of the grade descriptors section for leadership, governance and management has changed to include: “the quality and effectiveness of the centre’s training plan including the extent to which continuous professional development and performance management are linked to centre priorities...”

Page 37, Judgement for requires improvement in overall effectiveness has changed to read: “It is likely that no key judgement is inadequate”
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