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Ofsted Big Listen - have your say

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Ofsted Big Listen - have your say

Ofsted have today announced a new consultation to seek the views of those right across their work, including educators, early years professionals, social care professionals, parents, carers, and many more. Ofsted have confirmed that this will focus on four key areas:

  1. How they report on inspections
  2. How inspections are carried out
  3. The conduct of inspections; and
  4. The consequences of inspections for those involved.

The consultation is open from today (8 March) and closes on 31 May 2024. You can follow the link here: Open consultation - Ofsted Big Listen

Ofsted have confirmed that they want to improve, and they know that many of the professionals that they work with feel that change is needed. Ofsted state that the purpose of the Big Listen is to help them improve, and in relation to professionals, state that they ‘are ready to hear feedback, accept criticism and reform’.

As lawyers representing a variety of providers registered with Ofsted, we know all too well the concerns that many providers have about the variability of Ofsted inspections, whether that be the conduct of inspectors, the judgements reached, a lack of transparency and accurate reporting, or the grading system used. Furthermore, the impact of a poor inspection outcome can be huge, and often Providers feel a lack of support from Ofsted when this happens. The Big Listen is a welcome opportunity for professionals in the sector to have their say on how they would like to see improvements made.

How the feedback will effect change will need to be closely monitored over the coming months and years, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.

How can our Ofsted lawyers help?

Our specialist Ofsted lawyers regularly assist providers in respect of factual accuracy challenges and complaints to Ofsted, as well as enforcement action. Please visit our case studies page on our website to find out more about how we’ve helped childcare providers, education providers and social care providers in England and Wales.

If you would like assistance with an Ofsted, it is imperative that you seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible given the timeframes involved. For a confidential discussion with a member of our team, please contact us on 0161 696 6250 or complete our online enquiry form.