OFSTED, CONTRACTING AND COSTS

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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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