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This week in the big house

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Yesterday Michael Gove asked Ofsted to ditch the much loved SEF (Self Evaluation Form). The full article and statement with the relevant letter is here

I discussed this in a staff meeting last night with one of the Leicestershire primary schools we work with. After the delighted head left the room, one of the teachers raised an interesting point. She almost copied this sentence from the article We believe that teachers – not bureaucrats and politicians – should run schools without seeing it.

‘And you know what that means don’t you? It means that we’ll see big drops in money coming into schools. The heads will then have to reduce staff  and the politicians will be able to say it’s all the heads’ fault. Nothing to do with us. The Daily Mail will love it!’

I’ve deliberately tagged this blog post with words which the social media teams in the big house should find. Let’s see if they’re any good at finding stuff and secondly if they have a response to that comment. I suspect the space below will stay quite empty.

What do you think of that teacher’s comments?

And – by the way – has anyone else noticed that the revamped Department for Education website STILL does not have an obvious search feature?

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OFSTED and Safeguarding

The BECTA safetynet digest had a very useful link to a question and answer page at OfSTED today.

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/About-us/FAQs/Safeguarding/All-schools-and-colleges covers a number of areas – including ..
Is Ofsted asking for more than the legal requirements?
Are Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks required for all visitors or volunteers to schools and colleges?
Is written confirmation required that all recruitment and vetting checks have been carried out on individuals who come in to a college or school from an outside agency?
Does the new Vetting and Barring Scheme include governors with regard to CRB clearance?
Should schools and colleges retain documents that are evidence of identity? Previous advice indicated that schools and colleges should destroy this information.
Do schools and colleges have to include the unique reference numbers for staff appointed before 2007?
CRB checks only came into being in March 2002 – is there a need to undertake CRB checks for staff employed before March 2002, if they have not changed jobs and there are no concerns?
Is there still a need for a three-year rolling programme of CRB checks?
Who can enter the information on the single central register?
Does the single central register record the date when the CRB or List 99* check was carried out and who carried out check? Is it necessary to also record the date when the CRB disclosure certificate was evidenced at the school?
Whose name should appear as the person who carried out the check?
How detailed should the record of qualifications be? Do we now have to record the actual qualification held – Certificate in Education and so on? If so, do we have to go back and enter this information for all existing staff members?
Will a school be judged inadequate because of minor administrative errors on its single central register?
Will a school be judged inadequate if there is a footpath running through a playing field used by pupils?
Will a school be judged inadequate because its perimeter fence has holes or is too low?
Will a school be judged inadequate because inspectors were offered coffee before their identities were checked?
Will a school be judged inadequate if it allows parents to drop off and collect nursery children from their classrooms?
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