Management Guide: Ofsted inspections

Former Ofsted inspector Debbie Alcock covers everything from safeguarding to disqualifications, allegations, preparing for inspections, and understanding Ofsted terminology.

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Inspection: Safeguarding

In the first of a new series on Ofsted inspections, ex-inspector and consultant Debbie Alcock gives a rundown on recent changes to safeguarding rules

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Inspection: Notifications - Hazard warning

In the second part of her series on Ofsted inspections, ex-inspector and consultant Debbie Alcock talks the how, when and why of notifications

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Inspection: Disqualifications - Not on the list

Continuing her inspection series, ex-Ofsted inspector Debbie Alcock begins a three-part look at disqualifiable offences, some not covered by DBS checks

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Inspection: Part 4 – Disqualifications - Suitability checks

Ex-Ofsted inspector Debbie Alcock continues her analysis of disqualifications, looking at providers’ obligations to check the suitability of staff

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Inspection: Part 5 - Disqualifications - Handling information

Debbie Alcock completes her mini-series on disqualifications by discussing how to handle negative information that arises from a DBS check

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Inspection: Part 6 – Allegations - Don’t rush in

Debbie Alcock looks at the correct initial procedures to follow when an allegation has been made against a member of staff

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Inspection: part 7 - Social services’ role

Once an allegation has been reported, what happens next? Former Ofsted inspector and consultant Debbie Alcock describes the role of the LADO

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Inspection: part 8 – Ofsted and allegations

Having described how to deal with a member of staff when an allegation has been made and the role of the LADO, former inspector and consultant Debbie Alcock considers the role of Ofsted...

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Inspection: part 9 - Far-reaching power on no-notice inspections

With the publication of Ofsted’s ‘myth-busting’ document, former inspector Debbie Alcock sets out some of the legislation underpinning inspectors’ powers

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Inspection: Part 10 – Key Legislation - Rights of entry

Former inspector Debbie Alcock examines the legal powers underpinning an inspector’s legal right to enter a nursery and carry out an assessment

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Inspection: Part 11 – Before the Visit - Be prepared

Settings should carry out a number of tasks before an inspection, explains former inspector Debbie Alcock, as well as be aware of what to do after it

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Inspection: Part 12 – Terminology - Letter of the law

In the final part of this series, former Ofsted inspector Debbie Alcock advises to take special care when interpreting the written regulations