ARE OFSTED REPORTS ANY USE?

pexels-photo-462360.jpegIs this a scrabble typo?

Cafcass recently had a glowing report from Ofsted. Here are some remarks that put Ofsted’s report in context. This is what Andrew Webb, the director of children’s services for Stockport, thinks about Ofsted reporting.

  • “[Ofsted] neither evaluates actual social work practice, nor provides a rigorous assessment of system impact”.
  • “There isn’t any evidence that inspections improve outcomes.”
  • “[Ofsted] are still using this completely arbitrary grading framework. They mark first the quality of record keeping, not the quality of practice.”
  • “What good looks like here is almost certainly different from what good looks like elsewhere.”

etc.

It seems that some social workers don’t think much of Ofsted reports. I wonder why that could be?

https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2018/mar/29/challenging-but-fair-ilacs-inspection-regime-childrens-services