Ofsted News issue 90 – May 2020

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Issue 90 | May 2020

• Schools
• Children’s social care
• Further education and skills
• Early years and childcare

COVID-19 updates
Ofsted: COVID-19 rolling update – This sets out our guidance and information relating to 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.

Non-association independent schools inspections and outcomes: management information – Added management information as at 31 March 2020 and updated the release schedule following the suspension of routine inspections.
Unregistered schools: management information – Published management information from 1 January 2016 to 31 March 2020.
Ofsted Parent View: management information – Published management information as at 6 April 2020.

Children’s social care
Registering emergency children’s homes as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic: fast-track applications – Guide for local authorities and existing registered providers on fast-tracking their application to register children’s homes services.
Children’s social care health declaration form – Added a temporary social care health self-declaration form for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ofsted’s children’s social care blog: Foster Care Fortnight 2020 – extraordinary times need extraordinary people – Yvette Stanley, our National Director for Regulation and Social Care, blogs about the invaluable work of foster carers.
Register as a children’s social care provider or manager – Updated with three things: clarification around the registration process during the COVID-19 pandemic; information on how to register care and accommodation provided to a child as a result of a court order; and amendments to take account of our new online service.
Register as a provider of children’s services – Updated with two things: clarification around the registration process during the COVID-19 pandemic; and amendments to take account of our new online service.
Becoming and running a children’s social care service – This new page lists all our guidance in one place so that you can find out how to register as a children’s social care service in England, as well as what you need to update us about and how to do so.
Pay your children’s social care service invoice – Guidance amended to add that children’s social care services can now use this online service to pay invoices for renewing your annual registration and making changes to your service.
New social care forms – You should now access the following 3 forms through GOV.UK (links below) instead of through Ofsted Online (our former site that will soon be closing):

SC1 – apply to register a children’s social care service
SC2 – register if you’re connected with a children’s social care service
SC3 – report changes to your children’s social care service

These new forms are more user-friendly and better for accessing on mobile devices. There is no change to the regulations or guidance about what you need to tell us or what information we require from you. Please make sure that you replace any bookmarks you have to the old Ofsted Online site. If you need to use one of the 3 new forms, you can feed back on how you’ve found it at the end.

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
Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare – Updated consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare as at 30 April 2020.

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The Ofsted Inspection Framework with Lee Selby HMI. 23rd March 2020

Dear Chairs of Governors and Clerks,

You may remember that last year, our regional HMI, Lee Selby, came to speak to colleagues regarding the implementation of the new Ofsted framework. This meeting was very well received by Head Teachers across the county.

Although Lee has significant pressures on his time, he has offered to return to Bucks next month to share thoughts on the new inspection framework and to take feedback from colleagues.

In order to maximise his time, we have agreed that he will run two hour long sessions 9am to 10am and 10.30am to 11.30am on the 23rd March at the Gateway in Aylesbury.

Please follow the links below to book your place:

9am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ofsted-inspection-framework-with-lee-selby-hmi-tickets-94125553063?utm_term=eventname_text

10.30am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ofsted-inspection-framework-with-lee-selby-hmi-tickets-94128698471?utm_term=eventname_text

Any problems registering contact Hazel David hdavid@buckscc.gov.uk



Do you have a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at your school?

With teacher retention an issue across the country, it’s critical that your NQT gets support from the beginning from peers and independent professionals. NQTSpace is a FREE online platform which offers:
• Self-evaluation against the Teachers’ Standards
• Online professional developments matched to the Teachers’ Standards
• Resources
• Ask the Expert section
• NQTConnect for peer support
For more information and register, ask your NQT to visit http://www.nqtspace.co.uk


The DfE has extended FREE funded training for Governors and Clerks until March 2021

Extension to the GovernorSpace
The DfE has extended FREE funded training for Governors and Clerks until March 2021. Funding is available for TWO members of your Governing Board. Sign up now before the funding ends. GovernorSpace helps Governors and Clerks identify their development needs and improve their skills, to improve the quality of school governance. Entrust delivers GovernorSpace on behalf of the Department for Education. It’s is completely free of charge to you and your school!

• Free online training in just a few clicks!
• Self-Evaluation tool
• Invaluable One-to-One telephone mentor support sessions
• Live and On demand training sessions
• Bespoke consultancy sessions, delivered remotely, no need to travel
• Personal Development Coaching, delivered remotely
• Link with other Governors through GovernorConnect

To find out more about how the GovernorSpace Online Programme can support you, please contact governorspace@entrust-ed.co.uk or register  at www.governorspace.co.uk

Professional Coaching Session – 3 credits
Are you struggling with the role of Chair or governor? Are you stuck in a rut in your role? Our 45-minute professional development coaching sessions cost 3 credits each and are delivered by an expert school leadership coach. These sessions will help you focus on an effective action plan for yourself to help you maximise your effectiveness. To book a session, please email governorspace@entrust-ed.co.uk and ask for a coaching session.



Personal Development in the new Ofsted framework (with Better Governor)

Thursday 26 March, 8:00 am to 9:00 am

This webinar will explore in detail this element of Ofsted’s recently updated inspection framework.

The new judgement covers many aspects of personal development including confidence, character, personal safety and readiness for the next stage of education.



Behaviour and attitudes in the new Ofsted framework (with Better Governor)

Thursday 27 February, 8:00 am to 9:00 am

We’ll explore in detail this element of Ofsted’s recently updated inspection framework.

The new judgement covers behaviour, attendance, exclusion and attitudes to learning.




Managing exclusions (with The Key for School Governors)

Tuesday 11 February, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

The webinar will set out boards’ specific legal duties in relation to pupil exclusions.

We’ll also explore how boards can monitor exclusion levels effectively. This can help to provide assurance that exclusion is being used proportionately and in a non-discriminatory manner.




Safer Recruitment Webinar with Better Governor

Thu, Jan 30, 2020 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM GMT

The webinar will be facilitated by Better Governor governance experts, Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and will be a mix of input from them, together with the use of online polls and the opportunity to ask your own questions.

Safer recruitment (with Better Governor)

Thursday 30 January 2020, 8:00 am to 9:00 am

A key element of safeguarding is the vetting of applicants and prospective volunteers working with children to ensure they are not unsuitable.

We’ll look at what governors need to know about safer recruitment procedures, criminal record and other vetting checks, and the training governors and staff involved in recruitment should undertake.

The webinar will be led by usual hosts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. It will be fully interactive and include an opportunity to ask your own questions.

Click this link to sign up for this webinar

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