Voice Official Response 1002: Integration of the inspections of welfare and education from September 2008

Official Response to Ofsted consultation

Voice Official Response 1002:

Integration of the inspections of welfare and education from September 2008 (Ofsted)

Ofsted consultation document Integration of the inspections of welfare and education from September 2008 (pdf)

9 June 2008

Question 1

Scale – 2 

The introduction of integrated welfare and education inspections will be advantageous provided that there is the same degree of attention to detail.  Parity with the existing system is important.  Voice agrees with a holistic approach as the two areas are mutually dependent. 

Question 2

Scale – 1 

Having the same notice period as maintained day schools provides consistency across different types of inspections.  Voice promotes a fair and transparent system.  The welfare / education of boarders should be well managed at all times with no reliance on extra time to prepare for an inspection. 

Question 3

All 3 methods of consultation should be used.  Voice members feel that discussion with boarders is much more beneficial and allows greater freedom of input than questionnaires.

Question 4

Scale – 2 

A single inspection report will prevent duplication and the risk of conflicting feedback.  The change will, however, be futile if it still reads as two separate reports in one.  Judgements must convey how the level of welfare provision affects education and vice versa. 

Question 5

Scale – 1 

One visit is more economical and will cause less disruption for those concerned.  If experience shows that it is difficult to cover all areas of registration in one visit, this might need to be subject to review. 

Contact: 

Sharon Sherratt

Voice Professional Officer

sharonsherratt@voicetheunion.org.uk