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What is an Ofsted?

04/06/2008 Joanna

Ofsted – a valuable resource for teachers.  Check out this website to fing out more about any school you are considering working at.  Read on to find out a bit more about Ofsted.

Check out the Ofsted Website

The new Ofsted – the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills – came into being on 1 April 2007. It brings together the wide experience of four formerly separate inspectorates. It will inspect and regulate care for children and young people, and inspect education and training for learners of all ages.

Ofsted aims to raise aspirations and contribute to the long term achievement of ambitious standards and better life chances for service users. Their educational, economic and social well-being will in turn promote England's national success.

To achieve this they report fairly and truthfully; listen to service users and providers; and communicate our findings with all who share this vision, from service providers to policy-makers. Ofsted do not report to government ministers but directly to Parliament (and to the Lord Chancellor about children and family courts administration). This independence means impartial information.

The Education and Inspections Act, which established the new Ofsted, specifically requires they:

  • promote service improvement
  • ensure services focus on the interests of their users
  • see that services are efficient, effective and promote value for money.

Ofsted carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits each week, publishing our findings within the Inspection reports area of their website. Themed and subject specific findings and recommendations on wider issues within the care, learning, and skills agenda, as well as statistical information, can be found in the Publications and research area. You can find more detailed explanations of which services are inspected and regulated, and how, and the latest guidance documents in the Forms and guidance area.


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