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Early years

Staff qualifications in nurseries and pre-schools: do they make a difference to outcomes?

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Male nursery work and child painting.

This blog looks at how staff qualifications contribute to overall quality of the sector and how that varies across different areas of deprivation. We also consider why the picture is complex and recognise the need for further work.

Inspecting safeguarding in the early years - a reminder of the guidance and some commonly asked questions

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Gill Jones

With children under the age of five being cared for and taught in a range of different settings, often with slightly differing regulatory requirements, it’s not surprising that we frequently get questions about expectations around safeguarding.

New complaints scrutiny panels

Boy looking through magnifying glass

Back in June last year, when Ofsted announced the changes to inspection under the common inspection framework, we also explained how we intended to strengthen the way we deal with complaints about inspection. In September, we introduced independent scrutiny to …

Government proposals for Ofsted inspections

teacher in class

Many of you will have read or heard about the Government’s White Paper: Educational Excellence Everywhere, published last week, announcing the transformation of England’s schools. I thought it would be helpful to clarify what it could mean for inspection.