Management Guide: Inspecting Ofsted Reports

What can be discovered from a systematic analysis of Ofsted reports? Pennie Akehurst, former head of the early years and childcare service at Derbyshire County Council, pulls out the key themes from thousands of inspections in this invaluable guide.

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Unpicking Ofsted Reports, Part 1: Safeguarding - falling short

In the first of a new series looking at common issues highlighted in Ofsted reports, Pennie Akehurst, former head of the Early Years and Childcare Service at Derbyshire County Council, discusses the areas...

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Unpicking Ofsted Reports, Part 2: Performance Management Systems - A poor performance

In the second part of this series, Pennie Akehurst, former head of the Early Years and Childcare Service at Derbyshire County Council, finds some settings fall short on performance...

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Unpicking Ofsted Reports, Part 3: Monitoring And Self-Evaluation

Pennie Akehurst, former head of the Early Years and Childcare Service at Derbyshire County Council, looks at how settings can replace the recently axed Ofsted self-evaluation form

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Unpicking Ofsted Reports, Part 4: A New Evaluation Framework - Self-assessment

Following her article last month on monitoring and evaluation systems, Pennie Akehurst looks at how to develop a new system of self-evaluation

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Unpicking Ofsted Reports, part 5: meeting children’s needs - The best we can be

When it comes to meeting the needs of children, Pennie Akehurst’s analysis of Ofsted inspection reports finds that meeting the needs of staff is the first step

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Unpicking Ofsted Reports, part 6: meeting children’s needs 2

Pennie Akehurst asks Fiona Holiday, a certified therapeutic play practitioner, what must be in place to meet the needs of children and get the best out of them

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Unpicking Ofsted Reports, part 7: Quality of teaching and learning

Pennie Akehurst, a former council head of early years and childcare, finds the common reasons why settings fall down on teaching and learning

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Unpicking Ofsted reports, part 8: vulnerable children

When it comes to vulnerable children, how should settings approach areas such as assessment and planning and performance management, asks Pennie Akehurst