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Ofsted News – Issue 94 – September 2020
October 1, 2020
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COVID-19 updates
Ofsted: COVID-19 rolling update – This sets out our guidance and information relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills providers. We are updating it regularly. If you need to see what we’ve added since you last checked it, you can select ‘history‘ on the page and this lists all the updates.

All Ofsted
Press release: Ofsted visits to schools and colleges to begin this month – Ofsted will be visiting schools and further education and skills providers this autumn term.
Press release: Ofsted support for area SEND arrangements this autumn term – Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will start carrying out visits to local areas from October.
Interim phase: area SEND – An operational note for Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMIs) and CQC inspectors carrying out interim visits to local areas regarding their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) arrangements from October 2020.
Complaints procedure – Updated to reflect changes to the ‘Complaints about Ofsted’ process.
Ofsted privacy notices – Updated the ‘How long we keep personal data’ section of the further education and skills, initial teacher education and schools privacy notices.
Ofsted pen portraits of HMIs – Updated HMI details for the South West region.

Schools
Press release: School governors and trustees say they are prepared for COVID impact – Ofsted and the National Governance Association (NGA) publish a study that shows that the business of school governance has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the report online.
Interim phase: maintained schools and academies – An operational note for inspectors carrying out interim visits to state-funded schools from 28 September 2020.
Interim phase: non-association independent schools – An operational note for inspectors carrying out inspections of non-association independent schools from 21 September 2020.
Inspectors talking to pupils on inspection – Guidance for inspectors on talking to pupils during school inspections.
Inspecting teaching of the protected characteristics in schools – Guidance for inspectors on inspecting teaching of the protected characteristics during school inspections.
Separation by sex: implications for inspections of mixed-sex/co-educational schools – Guidance for inspectors when they find separation by sex on an inspection.
Additional inspections of independent schools: handbook for inspectors – Updated for use from September 2020 to reflect Ofsted’s interim assurance phase and changes to post-inspection practice.
Inspecting non-association independent schools – Updated section ‘After the inspection’ with amended timescales and updated all leaflets on the page.
State-funded school inspections and outcomes: management information – Published management information as at 31 August 2020. Also published a one-off publication of inspection outcomes from 2015 to 2019. It shows outcomes of inspections up to the point of the introduction of the education inspection framework in September 2019. Most of the data has been published previously in various publications over the years, but it has been collated in to a single file to make it easier to use for further analysis.
Non-association independent schools inspections and outcomes: management information – Published management information as at 31 July 2020.

Children’s social care
Inspecting local authority children’s services from 2018 – In the section on ILACS focused visits during the restart of routine inspection, we added information about identifying areas for priority action and two items to the information requested.
Fostering and adoption agency datasets – Published data as at 31 March 2020.

Further education and skills
Interim phase: further education and skills providers – An operational note for HMIs carrying out interim visits and new provider monitoring visits to further education and skills providers from 28 September 2020.
Press release: Ofsted seeks to make oversight of subcontractors more comprehensive and transparent – Ofsted has published new research looking at subcontractors in the further education and skills sector. You can read the report online.
Ofsted’s education blog: ‘We’re not here to make life difficult’: our further education and skills visits – Paul Joyce, Ofsted’s Deputy Director for Further Education and Skills, discusses our further education and skills pilot visits.
Welfare and duty of care in Armed Forces initial training – Ofsted’s annual report 2019 to 2020 on the effectiveness of welfare and duty of care for recruits and trainees in Armed Forces initial training.
Inspecting initial training for the Armed Forces – Ofsted guidance for inspectors about how to inspect initial training for the Armed Forces relating to welfare and duty of care.
Further education and skills inspections and outcomes: management information from September 2019 to August 2020 – Uploaded inspection data as at 31 August 2020.

Early years and childcare
Report a serious childcare incident – Added information about reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 and any related closures.
Childcare: reporting children’s accidents and injuries – Added the requirement to notify Ofsted of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in staff or children.
Education plans from September 2020 – Updated guide: Ofsted’s inspection of providers on the Childcare Register will resume from 16 September.
Carrying out Childcare Register inspections – Changes to the ‘After the inspection’ section to reflect new timescales.
Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare – Updated consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare as at 31 August 2020.
Joiners and leavers in the childcare sector – Published data on joiners and leavers in the childcare sector in August 2020.

ESFA Update: 30 September 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Documents

ESFA Update further education: 30 September 2020

ESFA Update academies: 30 September 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 30 September 2020

Details

Items for further education

ArticleTitle
InformationNovember financial collection from colleges
InformationJanuary 2021 financial statements submission
InformationOfsted to inspect level 6 and 7 apprenticeship training provision from 1 April 2021
Information16 to 18 traineeship in-year growth for 2020 to 2021
Information2019 to 2020 adult grant funded reconciliation
Informationtraining provider webinars on the incentives announced in the Chancellor’s ‘Plan for jobs’
Informationsave the date – The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020

Items for academies

ArticleTitle
Informationautumn school census is approaching
Informationlist of academy trusts late with two or more financial returns in the 2019 to 2020 academic year
Information16 to 18 traineeship in-year growth for 2020 to 2021

Items for local authorities

ArticleTitle
Informationautumn school census is approaching
Information16 to 18 traineeship in-year growth for 2020 to 2021
Information2019 to 2020 adult grant funded reconciliation

Published 30 September 2020