OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education,
Children's Services, and Skills) is a UK
government non-ministerial department, reporting to Parliament via the
Department of Education. Ofsted plays the responsibility of inspecting
different educational institutions, such as state schools as well as several
independent schools. Also, Ofsted plays the responsibility of investigating
childcare, adoption plus fostering agencies. Additionally, Ofsted deals with
initial teacher training and regulates a range of early years and children's
social care services.
The services that Ofsted inspects or regulates
now include local services, child day care, children's centers, state school,
independent schools, and teacher training providers, and work-based learning
and skills providers in England. Strategic aims of Ofsted are as follows:
standards- Ofsted aims to promote through inspection and regulation the
improvement of care and education service to at least a goods standard, with a
particular focus on outcomes for the disadvantaged and vulnerable.
lives- Ofsted aims at supporting the development of a highly educated, safer
and productive society, where children, as well as young people, can fulfill
their potential and succeed wherever they live and whatever their background,
ability or needs.
quality, efficiency, and effectiveness- Ofsted aim to deliver high-quality and
consistent inspection and regulation. Under this priority, Ofsted needs to
build on the changes introduced in September 2015 to the way it inspects
education; review how it inspects early years and social care and who carries
out those inspections; transform it's administrative, professional and
focus- Ofsted targets inspection and
regulation where it can add the most value.
engagement- Working with those Ofsted inspects, and those using their services,
to ensure the inspector is credible, valued and trusted and do not introduce
OFSTED aims to raise standards with ‘good’
being the target for each setting and focus on outcomes for the disadvantaged
and vulnerable. It also aims to improve lives by supporting children to reach
their potential regardless of their particular circumstances.
Some of the key actions that OFSTED has identified that need to be
achieved to meet these aims and priorities are:
consistency of inspections as well as enhanced use of outstanding and good
practitioners to carry out inspections and building on the organization's
taking into consideration more proportionate social care evaluations once the
current assessment cycle is completed and collaborating with existing leaders
in evaluation area;
data as well as offering the best administrative
and technical support to evaluators;
evaluations on services whose performance have declined or not doing well:
disadvantaged and vulnerable performance in inspections which will feed into
first class leadership within schools and recognizing this;
the focus on safeguarding including preventing radicalization;
closely with parents, careers, employers, learners, and incorporating the ideas they have into enhancing the manner
in which Ofsted perform its work; and
closely with those that Ofsted inspects so that they understand its inspection
and regulatory work.
Ofsted has a clearly stated responsibility of
safeguarding the interests of all kids, learners as well as employers who
utilize the services it inspects. The public service serves a useful purpose;
it helps in ensuring that everyone meets the set standard and performing their
respective jobs correctly while aiding in pinpointing any key areas for
The inspectorate has been widely criticized
for demoralizing teachers and stagnating school improvement. According to Ehren
and MacBeath (2016), many teachers and head teachers feel that Ofsted does more
harm than good: inaccuracy and inconsistency of Ofsted grading; and inspectors
with poor qualifications as well as disrespectful when communicating with
schools or have a stereotyped view of teaching and leadership. Ofsted seems to
be the major causes of stagnating improvement as the fear of ‘being Ofsted-ed'
has produced a risk against the school system. It is no wonder that many would
argue to abolish this educational program.
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