Ofsted has been working with the National Day Nurseries Association to give updates on the common inspection framework, and how that will affect the inspections of early years settings from September 2015.
How will the Common Inspection Framework affect early years
Learn, explore, debate
Future of education inspection
Overview of FOEI reforms
New common inspection framework
Short inspections for good
2 year old offer
Direct contracting and changes to workforce
Benefits of the new Common
Inspection Framework (CIF)
A Common Inspection Framework for schools, further
education and skills (FES) providers, non-association
independent schools and registered early years.
Greater clarity, coherence and comparability for users,
learners, parents and employers – Ofsted’s judgements will be
made on the same basis, with the same terminology and mean
the same thing.
More emphasis and focus on the things that matter most.
Consistent approach to safeguarding.
Opportunity to refresh how we inspect.
Greater opportunities for knowledge sharing and
development between inspectors in different remits.
A very large response. 4,400 through online
consultation, 330 attendees at regional events, 115 parents
and 180 pupils at focus groups.
Responses to all questions were highly positive
and proposals were supported by all groups.
– Approx. 80% support the common inspection
Consultation response published on 2 February.
‘Better inspection for all’:
Key points from the consultation
New Common Inspection
Four graded judgements across all remits:
– leadership and management
– teaching, learning and assessment
– personal development, behaviour and welfare
– outcomes for children and learners.
Greater emphasis on safeguarding and curriculum.
A single Common Inspection Framework supported by
separate handbooks for each remit
The CIF handbooks will be consistent wherever possible, but
recognise differences between sectors.
Draft handbook used in the pilot inspections.
After the pilots, we will revise the handbooks using feedback from
The CIF and all remit handbooks will be published in June,
alongside a series of launch events.
Early Education will also have a separate ‘registration
handbook’ and ‘compliance handbook’.
Change in emphasis in the
Key points on the CIF:
particular focus on the curriculum – to test
rationale for it, policy practice and impact
ambitious vision – HMCI clear that through this
we also capture the impact of the culture of a
safeguarding – not a graded judgement but
inspectors must report under leadership whether it
is effective or not
emphasis on British values.
Effectiveness of leadership and
assessment – emphasis on securing evidence of all
kinds of assessment
parents – strong focus on parents as sources of
information and partners in children’s learning (fits well with
where relevant, English, mathematics and other
skills necessary to function as an economically
active member of British society and globally are
promoted through teaching and learning –
emphasis on the future but difficult to make this relevant for
Teaching, learning and
understanding of how to keep themselves safe from
relevant risks such as exploitation and extremism,
including when using the internet and social media
self-awareness and understanding of how to be a
choices about the next stage of their education,
employment, self-employment or training, where relevant,
from independent careers advice and guidance
where relevant, employability skills so that they are well
prepared for the next stage of their education,
employment, self-employment or training.
behaviour and welfare
Critical focus here will be on the
progress of different groups from
their starting points
Outcomes for children
more descriptors in outstanding grade
no descriptors for requires improvement
a greater focus on the quality of teaching
and its impact on children’s progress and
The evaluation schedule
PROVIDER TYPE TOTAL PILOTS INSPECTION TEAM
Full day care 9 ECRI; EC HMI; ISPs
Childminders 16 ECRI; EC HMI; ISPs
Sessional day care – crèche;
playgroup; and out of school 13 ECRI; EC HMI; ISPs
Childcare on domestic premises 1 ECRI or EC HMI or ISPs
2YO in school 2 (s.5 pilot) School HMI
in independent schools 2 II inspector
43 pilots in total
Spring ‘shadow’ pilots 2015
Starting to plan ahead now
obe in April/May
oinvolve more ISP inspectors
obe ‘live’ inspections, if possible
owill include re-inspection of inadequate settings
Summer Pilots 2015
Evaluation of phase 1 pilots - March
Phase 2 pilots - in April
Final review of handbooks - May
CIF launched, handbooks published - June
Training for inspectors - July
Implementation - September 2015