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CHIEF INSPECTOR OUTLINES WAY FORWARD FOR OFSTED

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Ofsted publishes Strategic Plan 2004 to 2007 ...
Ofsted publishes Strategic Plan 2004 to 2007

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools today outlined future plans

for the Office for Standards in Education with the publication of the

organisation's Strategic Plan 2004 to 2007.

The plan provides a clear vision of the place of inspection and

regulation in the government's wider strategy for education and

childcare and highlights the challenging targets that the

organisation will seek to meet over the next three years.

Publishing today's report, chief inspector David Bell said:

'Ofsted has achieved much in its first 11 years. We have done

this by serving the interests of children and young people and by

maintaining a commitment to promoting the highest quality of

education and care.

'We shall continue to seek to improve all that we do; we can never be

complacent. Our approaches to inspection will continue to evolve. I

am committed not only to improvement through inspection, but also

improvement of inspection.'

The Strategic Plan identifies three key work strands for the

organisation during the period 2004 to 2007:

- to evaluate in greater depth the effects of major government

policies for raising standards in education to allow Ofsted to

comment more effectively on new policies and emerging issues of

national importance.

- disseminating Ofsted's inspection findings in the most effective

ways possible to ensure that they have the greatest impact on the

quality and standards of education and care.

- monitoring the impact of the new framework for school inspections

introduced in September 2003. Ofsted will also undertake

consultation in 2004 on inspection arrangements leading to a review

of inspection as one aspect of the government's overall strategy

for standards and accountability in education.

Today's report also details the work Ofsted will take forward to

develop a framework for inspections of children's serv ices in local

authority areas, as highlighted in the recent government green paper,

Every Child Matters. Ofsted has already begun discussions with the

other inspectorates involved on the development of an integrated

approach.

Mr Bell added:

'After ten years of regular inspection of schools, inspection remains

an essential part of the government's education policy. Parents and

the public are better informed that ever before about the quality of

the education our children receive. These are great achievements on

which we must continue to build.'

* Copies of the report Strategic Plan 2004 to 2007, ref HMI 1834;

available on the Ofsted website, www.ofsted.gov.uk

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