Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools today outlined future plans
for the Office for Standards in Education with the publication of the
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
- 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
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