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The challenge of inadequate Ofsted reports

Removing documents from its website, mistake-filled emails to parents and ‘insufficient evidence’ are some of the inspectorate’s problems, writes Chris Parr

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My two-year-old son’s nursery was inspected by Ofsted last June. It was determined by the inspector that it “requires improvement” in all categories. Not good.

Effectiveness of leadership and management? “Requires improvement.” Quality of teaching, learning and assessment? “Requires improvement.” Personal development, behaviour and welfare? “Requires improvement.” Outcomes for children? “Requires improvement.”

The nursery appealed the rating. Remarkably, Ofsted agreed – and rescinded the inspection report. More on that later.

In November, Ofsted carried out a second inspection of the very ...

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