Ofsted document expresses concerns over decreasing budgets
Much fewer intensive inspections in future
An internal Ofsted document ,planning for its future, titled ‘The Future operating model programme’ ,of May 2014, admits that a major factor informing its decision to stop out sourcing inspection contracts, from August next year, with Serco, Tribal and CFBT Education Trust, worth around £40m, was cost.
Ofsted had until very recently been expressing its absolute confidence in its arrangements with private providers and the quality of inspections. Indeed, it did not accept criticisms that, for example, inspectors were favouring a particular style of teaching. So, Providers were somewhat taken aback by how quickly things changed . It is now becoming clearer that costs were a major factor informing the Ofsted decision.
The document states ‘We are facing decreasing budget in future years and need to ensure that we are appropriately organised to address…
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