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Ofsted details new annual assessment rules

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Impact indicators including councils’ ability to improve results for vulnerable youngsters are likely to be included in revised children’s services annual performance ratings, watchdog Ofsted has revealed.

Councils will still get an annual ranking late in the year - Ofsted proposes a publication date of 8 November - and inspection reports that brand safeguarding services as “inadequate” will still be presumed to result in an overall “inadequate” rating in the annual assessment.

However, the new guidance recognises that the abolition of the National Indicator Set and the changing schools landscape requires a different approach to compiling annual assessments, which are a statutory duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

According to the guidance (see file at right) the still-to-be finalised indicators “are likely to include: children and young people’s readiness to progress to the next stage of their education; attainment at the age of 16 and 19; and narrowing the gap in attainment for vulnerable groups”.

The guidance also refers to proposals for cross-boundary service amalgamations at some councils, and insists that Ofsted will still take an authority-by-authority approach to inspection and ranking.

“The quality of inspected services, settings and institutions, and the impact on outcomes for children and young people remain central to Ofsted’s children’s services assessment, regardless of the structure chosen to deliver services,” the guidance states.

“In line with HMCI’s statutory duty, each local authority will be assessed separately.”

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