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Ofsted News – Issue 93 – August 2020
September 1, 2020


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
Ofsted statement on new Ofqual board committee – Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) Amanda Spielman will chair a new board committee at Ofqual until the end of 2020.
Deferring Ofsted inspections – Updated what the policy applies to and information about deferrals due to COVID-19.
Ofsted pen portraits of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMIs) – Updated South East and North East, Yorkshire and Humber HMI pen portraits.

Inspections of unregistered schools: guidance for inspectors – Handbook updated throughout to reflect current arrangements for inspecting unregistered schools.
State-funded school inspections and outcomes: management information – Published management information as at 31 July 2020 and updated the release schedule to include the upcoming publication date.
Changes to Ofsted’s statistical reporting of inspection outcomes for state-funded schools: an analysis of the changes – Replaced the document ‘Changes to Ofsted’s statistical reporting of inspection outcomes for state-funded schools: historical datasets’. The total number of pupils on the 31 August 2016 tab was from 2017. The dataset has been updated to correctly show the total number of pupils from 2016. For the vast majority of schools, the difference in the number of pupils shown is minor.
Initial teacher education: inspections and outcomes as at 30 June 2020 – Official statistics covering outcomes from initial teacher education inspections in the 2019 to 2020 academic year. We have also included a glossary of terms for this.

Children’s social care
Press release: Ofsted to visit local authorities and children’s social care providers – Ofsted will begin visits to local authorities and children’s social care providers from September 2020.
Social care plans from September 2020 – Updated with information about assurance visits that Ofsted will carry out from September 2020. There is more detailed guidance on assurance visits on the relevant pages for:

Ofsted’s social care blog: Children’s social care visits: what to expect – Yvette Stanley, Ofsted’s National Director for Regulation and Social Care, talks about our children’s social care visits that will start this autumn.
Inspection outcomes of children’s homes – Uploaded children’s homes management information for inspections carried out between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020. Also updated the release schedule for 2020.

Further education and skills
No updates this month other than information in our COVID-19 rolling update relating to further education and skills.

Early years and childcare
News story: Ofsted to visit nurseries and childminders this autumn – Ofsted will start carrying out visits to some nurseries and childminders from September 2020.
Education plans from September 2020 – Updated details of early years interim visits and added link to new early years operational note.
Joiners and leavers in the childcare sector – Management information aggregating monthly joiners and leavers on our registers. A time-series of joiners and leavers includes data since April 2020.
Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare – Updated consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare as at 31 July 2020.

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