Scrap Ofsted and give local authorities powers to regulate schools and nurseries/childminders etc.

Ofsted are an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy and in the event do not have teeth.  Most of their reporting is covering their own backs with jargon, and simply puts a huge burden on all those who work with young children.  I have experience of complaining to Ofsted about a rather serious problem with a childcare provider, and they did not even investigate the situation I complained about – they just told me they investigate whether the provider has procedures in place for such a situation, they do not verify it a situation took place or not.  So this provider continues to operate because they filled a piece of paper in correctly for Ofsted.  This was a pointlese exercice.  It would have been much better if the LA had local control of monitorinig providers/schools etc. and could step in with more decisive actions where complaints are made.  And in the meantime everyone could be left to get on with their jobs without the threat of Ofsted inspections and the amout of paperwork that involves.

Why is this idea important?

Ofsted are an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy and in the event do not have teeth.  Most of their reporting is covering their own backs with jargon, and simply puts a huge burden on all those who work with young children.  I have experience of complaining to Ofsted about a rather serious problem with a childcare provider, and they did not even investigate the situation I complained about – they just told me they investigate whether the provider has procedures in place for such a situation, they do not verify it a situation took place or not.  So this provider continues to operate because they filled a piece of paper in correctly for Ofsted.  This was a pointlese exercice.  It would have been much better if the LA had local control of monitorinig providers/schools etc. and could step in with more decisive actions where complaints are made.  And in the meantime everyone could be left to get on with their jobs without the threat of Ofsted inspections and the amout of paperwork that involves.

Scrap National Curriculum, shrink Ofsted, create stable standards

The National Curriculum has been disastrous for primary education and should go.

Ofsted has driven  more teachers insane than even the worst pupils from hell. It should be shrunk to the size needed to turn the screws on the worst state schools (worst defined by examination results, more later), and leave the rest of the schools to take care of themselves.

Desperately needed is an independent body that will establish stable educational standards, from 10-year-olds to A-levels.

Why is this idea important?

The National Curriculum has been disastrous for primary education and should go.

Ofsted has driven  more teachers insane than even the worst pupils from hell. It should be shrunk to the size needed to turn the screws on the worst state schools (worst defined by examination results, more later), and leave the rest of the schools to take care of themselves.

Desperately needed is an independent body that will establish stable educational standards, from 10-year-olds to A-levels.

Enforce anti-homophobia policies and activities in schools through Ofsted.

All schools, including faith schools and independent schools should be forced through Ofsted to have policies in place for dealing with homophobic bullying, including positive action such as activities to celebrate Gay History Month with a prominence equal to that given to Black History Month. Gay teachers should be encouraged to be out and to provide role models. There should be identified teachers for students to come to with issues and relationships should be established with local gay youth groups. Sex education should cover same sex relationships and explain how to pratice safer sex.

Why is this idea important?

All schools, including faith schools and independent schools should be forced through Ofsted to have policies in place for dealing with homophobic bullying, including positive action such as activities to celebrate Gay History Month with a prominence equal to that given to Black History Month. Gay teachers should be encouraged to be out and to provide role models. There should be identified teachers for students to come to with issues and relationships should be established with local gay youth groups. Sex education should cover same sex relationships and explain how to pratice safer sex.

Change the Ofsted regime

 

I am advocating a change to the current Ofsted inspection regime because I believe that it is unnecessarily stressful and unhelpful.

 

The main source of stress comes from not knowing when an Ofsted inspection is going to happen. (My last school was inspected in January 2007 and as a result were expecting to be inspected in January 2010. Staff were under stress from September 2009, but when the inspectors did not arrive in January, the stress did not go away, it just built up; expecting the ‘call’ each day. Even now at the end of the year they are still stressed and will not be able to relax fully over the summer break in anticipation of an inspection next year!)

 

My suggestion is that inspections should become annual events along the lines of the professional review process which most teachers have embraced and find useful. If inspection were a regular, annual event, there would be no stress about expecting the ‘call’. Everybody could focus on the job of teaching, knowing that the inspectors would be in during July (or whenever).

 

The inspections should at least be lead by the same inspector from year to year (This would avoid the situation at my last school of the team not knowing that it is a ‘split site’ school, separated by 4.6 miles of rolling Essex countryside!). More importantly it would enable a real dialogue to be entered into. Currently there is insufficient time for inspectors to watch whole lessons or to give appropriate and useful feedback to teachers. If the same inspector came back regularly they would know what had been missed last time and what needs to be seen this time; to check on the progress of a new initiative or to revisit a teacher who was struggling last time etc.. It would also further the spread of good practice as Ofsted inspectors cover the whole of the country, unlike SIPs who tend to be more local. Imagine a useful conversation between an inspector and a head of curriculum trying to innovate; ‘I was in ? a few weeks ago. They were introducing something similar. Would you like me to share their contact details with you?’ In this way the best ideas would spread quickly throughout the country.

 

 My background is that I am an ‘ex’ vice principal of a large and successful Technology College. I took early retirement at 56 two years ago because I could not face the introduction of another ill thought out initiative (Curriculum 2008 and Diplomas). I took a term to recover from 34 years of teaching and am now working for my LA as a School Attendance Improvement Officer. A useful and meaningful job, but not really what I was trained for, nor what I was good at. If there had been opportunities for secondments or sabbaticals available at the time, I would have returned refreshed and ready for my last 9 years in teaching. Perhaps such initiatives as sabbaticals should be reintroduced in order to keep experienced and senior staff in schools, particularly in the face of expected shortages in the next few years.

Why is this idea important?

 

I am advocating a change to the current Ofsted inspection regime because I believe that it is unnecessarily stressful and unhelpful.

 

The main source of stress comes from not knowing when an Ofsted inspection is going to happen. (My last school was inspected in January 2007 and as a result were expecting to be inspected in January 2010. Staff were under stress from September 2009, but when the inspectors did not arrive in January, the stress did not go away, it just built up; expecting the ‘call’ each day. Even now at the end of the year they are still stressed and will not be able to relax fully over the summer break in anticipation of an inspection next year!)

 

My suggestion is that inspections should become annual events along the lines of the professional review process which most teachers have embraced and find useful. If inspection were a regular, annual event, there would be no stress about expecting the ‘call’. Everybody could focus on the job of teaching, knowing that the inspectors would be in during July (or whenever).

 

The inspections should at least be lead by the same inspector from year to year (This would avoid the situation at my last school of the team not knowing that it is a ‘split site’ school, separated by 4.6 miles of rolling Essex countryside!). More importantly it would enable a real dialogue to be entered into. Currently there is insufficient time for inspectors to watch whole lessons or to give appropriate and useful feedback to teachers. If the same inspector came back regularly they would know what had been missed last time and what needs to be seen this time; to check on the progress of a new initiative or to revisit a teacher who was struggling last time etc.. It would also further the spread of good practice as Ofsted inspectors cover the whole of the country, unlike SIPs who tend to be more local. Imagine a useful conversation between an inspector and a head of curriculum trying to innovate; ‘I was in ? a few weeks ago. They were introducing something similar. Would you like me to share their contact details with you?’ In this way the best ideas would spread quickly throughout the country.

 

 My background is that I am an ‘ex’ vice principal of a large and successful Technology College. I took early retirement at 56 two years ago because I could not face the introduction of another ill thought out initiative (Curriculum 2008 and Diplomas). I took a term to recover from 34 years of teaching and am now working for my LA as a School Attendance Improvement Officer. A useful and meaningful job, but not really what I was trained for, nor what I was good at. If there had been opportunities for secondments or sabbaticals available at the time, I would have returned refreshed and ready for my last 9 years in teaching. Perhaps such initiatives as sabbaticals should be reintroduced in order to keep experienced and senior staff in schools, particularly in the face of expected shortages in the next few years.

Repeal Ofset monopoly

Ofsted currently has a monopoly in assessing quality in schools.  Why not let schools have a choice about who assesses them?  The existing monopoly is one cause of the poor quality of assessments.  The lack of fairness and common sense from Ofsted exasperates many teachers.  Private sector businesses can decide if they want to be inspected by (for example) BSI or Lloyds Register.  The UK Accreditation Service ensures that BSI and Lloyds Register conform with international best practice.  Let's scrap Ofsted's monopoly and let in competition and common sense.  Each school would have a small budget which it must spend with one of the inspection agencies, but they would be able to select the one which they think is best. 

Why is this idea important?

Ofsted currently has a monopoly in assessing quality in schools.  Why not let schools have a choice about who assesses them?  The existing monopoly is one cause of the poor quality of assessments.  The lack of fairness and common sense from Ofsted exasperates many teachers.  Private sector businesses can decide if they want to be inspected by (for example) BSI or Lloyds Register.  The UK Accreditation Service ensures that BSI and Lloyds Register conform with international best practice.  Let's scrap Ofsted's monopoly and let in competition and common sense.  Each school would have a small budget which it must spend with one of the inspection agencies, but they would be able to select the one which they think is best. 

Parenting Skills v. ASBO’s

First time parents should be made to carry out Parenting Skills courses or Family Nurturing as Sure Start call them.  It should also apply to parents whose children repeatedly offend.  I know this is probably the opposite to what you wish to hear.  However, I strongly feel that anti-social behaviour stems from poor parenting skills and unfortunately, if your parent had poor skills how is the next generation going to thrive or develop.  I came from an upbringing where you were shouted at and hit first and guess what, when I found myself a single parent I did exactly that.  A child mimics its parents behaviour and attitude and if the parent is ill-prepared how can the child be expected to be any better.  I was intelligent enough to know what was happening had to change, but I didn't know how to.  I asked for help, but it took numerous accounts of phoning and asking health visitors before I was referred, I was desperate, if I had been that way inclined, well I don't really want to go there.  These courses should be made more accessible, I went on a 10 week course and made new friends and found new support systems that, just weren't available to me prior because my parents were set in their ways.  I was so set in my ways, I attended the course twice and why not? 

 

However, my point is yes, at first it may sound as though the government may be infringing on other peoples liberties but, in fact if there were some law or policy drawn up where you had to comply with attending these courses, it does in fact liberate the parent.  It could also be introduced into schools as a preventative measure to teenage pregnancies.

Why is this idea important?

First time parents should be made to carry out Parenting Skills courses or Family Nurturing as Sure Start call them.  It should also apply to parents whose children repeatedly offend.  I know this is probably the opposite to what you wish to hear.  However, I strongly feel that anti-social behaviour stems from poor parenting skills and unfortunately, if your parent had poor skills how is the next generation going to thrive or develop.  I came from an upbringing where you were shouted at and hit first and guess what, when I found myself a single parent I did exactly that.  A child mimics its parents behaviour and attitude and if the parent is ill-prepared how can the child be expected to be any better.  I was intelligent enough to know what was happening had to change, but I didn't know how to.  I asked for help, but it took numerous accounts of phoning and asking health visitors before I was referred, I was desperate, if I had been that way inclined, well I don't really want to go there.  These courses should be made more accessible, I went on a 10 week course and made new friends and found new support systems that, just weren't available to me prior because my parents were set in their ways.  I was so set in my ways, I attended the course twice and why not? 

 

However, my point is yes, at first it may sound as though the government may be infringing on other peoples liberties but, in fact if there were some law or policy drawn up where you had to comply with attending these courses, it does in fact liberate the parent.  It could also be introduced into schools as a preventative measure to teenage pregnancies.

strengthen ofsted but disband local authority officers who interpret dfe docs

I think we have to strengthen ofsted but slim documentation about curriculum expectations down to "that which will be inspected" especially early years curricula interpretations. Ofsted criteria should be clearer so school know expectations- schools should be told after sats results are published if they will be inspected in the current academic year. I have been expecting Ofsted for the past month and although our results are better than ever and attainment continues to be outstanding the stress to myself and staff is very wearing- we will probably have to be on high alert through sept and october.

I feel we need to test science again at ks 2 as this gives priority to the subject and less able children can do well.

How does this save money? by having clearer ofsted criteria and guidance Headteachers can dispense with the plethora of local authority inspectors who have made an industry of interpretation. We do need local authority school improvement partners but they need to target activities to schools in greatest need. Schools should only be required to have a teaching policy a learning policy a curricula policy a safety policy  and possibly a fairness statement to mop up pay ,discrimination and complaints. I am overwhelmed by Hampshires current Health and Safety audit requirements, and have printed out hundreds of documents-

Why is this idea important?

I think we have to strengthen ofsted but slim documentation about curriculum expectations down to "that which will be inspected" especially early years curricula interpretations. Ofsted criteria should be clearer so school know expectations- schools should be told after sats results are published if they will be inspected in the current academic year. I have been expecting Ofsted for the past month and although our results are better than ever and attainment continues to be outstanding the stress to myself and staff is very wearing- we will probably have to be on high alert through sept and october.

I feel we need to test science again at ks 2 as this gives priority to the subject and less able children can do well.

How does this save money? by having clearer ofsted criteria and guidance Headteachers can dispense with the plethora of local authority inspectors who have made an industry of interpretation. We do need local authority school improvement partners but they need to target activities to schools in greatest need. Schools should only be required to have a teaching policy a learning policy a curricula policy a safety policy  and possibly a fairness statement to mop up pay ,discrimination and complaints. I am overwhelmed by Hampshires current Health and Safety audit requirements, and have printed out hundreds of documents-

Get rid of red tape surrounding adoption.

I am 1 of many people who would like to adopt in the near future, but currently i will have a major fight to do so given the amount of red tape, tests, exams, courses etc…. that is compulsary before YOU are told that your capable to adopt. I have a loving partner, we have our own children who are happy, loved, do well in most of their achievements and are behind us adopting. I have a friend that tried to adopt but was refused due to a criminal offence from 20 years ago! has never re-offended since and is a wonderful parent, who was willing to adopt 2 or more siblings.

Why is this idea important?

I am 1 of many people who would like to adopt in the near future, but currently i will have a major fight to do so given the amount of red tape, tests, exams, courses etc…. that is compulsary before YOU are told that your capable to adopt. I have a loving partner, we have our own children who are happy, loved, do well in most of their achievements and are behind us adopting. I have a friend that tried to adopt but was refused due to a criminal offence from 20 years ago! has never re-offended since and is a wonderful parent, who was willing to adopt 2 or more siblings.

Independent Review of Determinations (adoption & fostering) Regulations 2009

Dear Sir/Madam

Given the poor economic climate for Local authorities coupled with the vested interest in the Independent Review Mechanism run by BAAF to encourage foster carers to seek independent determination in regards to their fostering status, it is my professional view that this independent mechanism introduced in april 2009 should be either scraped or fundamentally overhauled.

It will cost local authorities £2227 for each case to be heard and inevitably more and more foster carers will seek this paticular avenue when they have a dispute about their fostering registration with their approving agency. This chosen opportunity is determined primarily by 2 factors, one being the local authority foots the costs and secondly the IRM are on the whole not upholding Agency Decision Makers professional views particularly in relation to deregistering foster carers. BAAF clearly have a vested interest in not siding with local authority decisions, as a consequence of this foster carers would chose not to use them and therefore BAAFs funding would be significantly affected in this area.

If a local authortiy has to attend 13 IRM panels In a year which is clearly possible for some larger local authorites this overall cost could have alternatively paid the salary of an experienced social worker for a year. The £2227 is only part of the cost for local authorities as they have to send 2 members of staff representing the agency on the day of the panel which is unlikely to be a local  venue for most local authorities. 

I do not feel the IRM panels remit is one of prioritising the welfare and safety of children as it is clear to me they have more interest in maintaining the status of the foster carer. Please request the statistics from the IRM now that it has been in existence for over 12 months you will probably be startled by the the percentage of their decisions which are contrary to the local authority who have assessed, supported, and monitored  foster carers for some considerable time and therefore are in a positon to justify why some carers need to be deregistered.

Please inform me how in todays social care environment you can deregister a foster carer, I came into the social work profession to protect children from dangerous birth families and sadly from a minority of foster carers too. However this aforementioned regulation has made it difficult to eradicate carers who are likely to provide an unsuitable environment for disadvataged children to reside in.

I am a concerned experienced social worker who is seriously considering a change in my employment as this is just a further example of decisions being taken out of the hands of social workers and has some similarity with the introduction of the Public Law Outline (taking decisions away from social care professionals, please note that like all professions the majority of its workforce are competent and the child care profession is no different.

As most politicians are concerned about local authority spending please justify how this resource should remain an option when far more significant services are having to be cut back and/or shelved.  

I appreciate the opportunity to voice my concerns and frustrations on a subject I am quite passionate about.

   

Why is this idea important?

Dear Sir/Madam

Given the poor economic climate for Local authorities coupled with the vested interest in the Independent Review Mechanism run by BAAF to encourage foster carers to seek independent determination in regards to their fostering status, it is my professional view that this independent mechanism introduced in april 2009 should be either scraped or fundamentally overhauled.

It will cost local authorities £2227 for each case to be heard and inevitably more and more foster carers will seek this paticular avenue when they have a dispute about their fostering registration with their approving agency. This chosen opportunity is determined primarily by 2 factors, one being the local authority foots the costs and secondly the IRM are on the whole not upholding Agency Decision Makers professional views particularly in relation to deregistering foster carers. BAAF clearly have a vested interest in not siding with local authority decisions, as a consequence of this foster carers would chose not to use them and therefore BAAFs funding would be significantly affected in this area.

If a local authortiy has to attend 13 IRM panels In a year which is clearly possible for some larger local authorites this overall cost could have alternatively paid the salary of an experienced social worker for a year. The £2227 is only part of the cost for local authorities as they have to send 2 members of staff representing the agency on the day of the panel which is unlikely to be a local  venue for most local authorities. 

I do not feel the IRM panels remit is one of prioritising the welfare and safety of children as it is clear to me they have more interest in maintaining the status of the foster carer. Please request the statistics from the IRM now that it has been in existence for over 12 months you will probably be startled by the the percentage of their decisions which are contrary to the local authority who have assessed, supported, and monitored  foster carers for some considerable time and therefore are in a positon to justify why some carers need to be deregistered.

Please inform me how in todays social care environment you can deregister a foster carer, I came into the social work profession to protect children from dangerous birth families and sadly from a minority of foster carers too. However this aforementioned regulation has made it difficult to eradicate carers who are likely to provide an unsuitable environment for disadvataged children to reside in.

I am a concerned experienced social worker who is seriously considering a change in my employment as this is just a further example of decisions being taken out of the hands of social workers and has some similarity with the introduction of the Public Law Outline (taking decisions away from social care professionals, please note that like all professions the majority of its workforce are competent and the child care profession is no different.

As most politicians are concerned about local authority spending please justify how this resource should remain an option when far more significant services are having to be cut back and/or shelved.  

I appreciate the opportunity to voice my concerns and frustrations on a subject I am quite passionate about.

   

Remove Quango interference in how teachers teach/work

The Institute For Learning (IFL) is just an unnecessary organisation that Further Education teachers are obliged to join, just so that they can record any training or CPD that they have engaged in.  Why is this necessary?  it is just  another layer of form-filling bureacracy that wastes time that FE teachers should be using in planning and teaching.

Also, OFSTED appears to be treating Further Education Colleges as if they are schools.  Instead treating college students as trainee adults, we are being forced to treat them more like little children.  Much of what ofsted requires of schools is unsuitable for colleges.

Why is this idea important?

The Institute For Learning (IFL) is just an unnecessary organisation that Further Education teachers are obliged to join, just so that they can record any training or CPD that they have engaged in.  Why is this necessary?  it is just  another layer of form-filling bureacracy that wastes time that FE teachers should be using in planning and teaching.

Also, OFSTED appears to be treating Further Education Colleges as if they are schools.  Instead treating college students as trainee adults, we are being forced to treat them more like little children.  Much of what ofsted requires of schools is unsuitable for colleges.

Increase the number of years childminders have to be inspected by Ofsted

Instead of inspecting every childminder at least every 3 years, why not tailor when the next inspection should be due based on the latest inspection outcome. So when a child minder gets an "Outstanding" or "Good" they get inspected every 4 or 5 years: for those gaining a "Satisfactory" they are inspected as now – every three years; and anyone else gets an annual inspection.

Similarly where a childminder thinks they have improved they could then request an earlier inspection to possibly raise their outcome grading.

Other ad hoc inspections where a complaint has been made etc would of course continue.

Why is this idea important?

Instead of inspecting every childminder at least every 3 years, why not tailor when the next inspection should be due based on the latest inspection outcome. So when a child minder gets an "Outstanding" or "Good" they get inspected every 4 or 5 years: for those gaining a "Satisfactory" they are inspected as now – every three years; and anyone else gets an annual inspection.

Similarly where a childminder thinks they have improved they could then request an earlier inspection to possibly raise their outcome grading.

Other ad hoc inspections where a complaint has been made etc would of course continue.

Scrap Ofsted

Make Head Teachers responsible for the school's performance, sending all tests results electronically to the Education Department for comparison.

 

Australian teaching/learning standards are higher than UK and they don't need regular and expensive Ofsted inspections, that stress teachers who are forced 'on stage' for days when the Head Teacher should know exactly what is happening in their school.

Why is this idea important?

Make Head Teachers responsible for the school's performance, sending all tests results electronically to the Education Department for comparison.

 

Australian teaching/learning standards are higher than UK and they don't need regular and expensive Ofsted inspections, that stress teachers who are forced 'on stage' for days when the Head Teacher should know exactly what is happening in their school.

Reduce the Cost of School Sixth Forms

Secondary schools are currently being allowed to set up their own sixth form in a location where adequate provision already exists and there is no further demand.  Many school sixth forms are very small and cannot offer wide choice of curricula for students.

 

Some large provision that already exists is in the form of and stand-alone sixth form college or/and a sixth form allied to an FE college.  Where this exists, they should be be encoraged/allowed to merge for more efficiencies and even greater flexibility of offer to students.

Why is this idea important?

Secondary schools are currently being allowed to set up their own sixth form in a location where adequate provision already exists and there is no further demand.  Many school sixth forms are very small and cannot offer wide choice of curricula for students.

 

Some large provision that already exists is in the form of and stand-alone sixth form college or/and a sixth form allied to an FE college.  Where this exists, they should be be encoraged/allowed to merge for more efficiencies and even greater flexibility of offer to students.

Abolish Ofsted and remove Education Bureaucracy.

We need to restore professional freedom to the teachers. The only targets in Education should be those of the students. Teachers should teach. Assessment and testing should be greatly simplified, particularly in Primary Education, and teachers should be free to teach in their own way. The National Curriculum should cover only the essentials of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic which do need to be approached in a standard way to ensure that children moving between schools will not suffer confusion of methods. There has been a revolution in the Education system but it should stop now to free the teachers to do the job of teaching.      

Why is this idea important?

We need to restore professional freedom to the teachers. The only targets in Education should be those of the students. Teachers should teach. Assessment and testing should be greatly simplified, particularly in Primary Education, and teachers should be free to teach in their own way. The National Curriculum should cover only the essentials of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic which do need to be approached in a standard way to ensure that children moving between schools will not suffer confusion of methods. There has been a revolution in the Education system but it should stop now to free the teachers to do the job of teaching.      

Remove OFSTED interference in Holiday Clubs

No one disputes the need for suitable premises for Holiday Clubs, or adherence to commonsense Health and Safety standards, or CRB checks for Holiday Club staff. But when Holiday Clubs became subject to inspection by OFSTED thousands of voluntary clubs cancelled their provision. According to The Childcare (Exemptions from Registration) Order 2008 you are bound to register with OFSTED, as well as the Local Authority, if you run longer than 2hours a day (so a full morning or afternoon is out) or for longer than 14 days.

No end of parents groups, churches, schools, preschools etc would run Holiday Clubs if OFSTED would keep out of it. Why do they need to interfere during Holidays? Have they not heard of the concept of a Holiday? it is supposed to be when children can have fun, make things, do drama, music, outings, sport – all without worrying about a curriculum or education standards. IT'S A HOLIDAY!!!!!!

Taking OFSTED out of this kind of thing will save millions, liberate thousands of voluntary groups to go back to the great provision they used to make before this empire building, and be better for our children.

It's not the Taliban who will take over the country, its OFSTED, whose ever growing incursion into our children's lives, ever changing goal posts, ever earlier intervention is stressing out our teachers and preschool practitioners and not improving child education one bit.

Why is this idea important?

No one disputes the need for suitable premises for Holiday Clubs, or adherence to commonsense Health and Safety standards, or CRB checks for Holiday Club staff. But when Holiday Clubs became subject to inspection by OFSTED thousands of voluntary clubs cancelled their provision. According to The Childcare (Exemptions from Registration) Order 2008 you are bound to register with OFSTED, as well as the Local Authority, if you run longer than 2hours a day (so a full morning or afternoon is out) or for longer than 14 days.

No end of parents groups, churches, schools, preschools etc would run Holiday Clubs if OFSTED would keep out of it. Why do they need to interfere during Holidays? Have they not heard of the concept of a Holiday? it is supposed to be when children can have fun, make things, do drama, music, outings, sport – all without worrying about a curriculum or education standards. IT'S A HOLIDAY!!!!!!

Taking OFSTED out of this kind of thing will save millions, liberate thousands of voluntary groups to go back to the great provision they used to make before this empire building, and be better for our children.

It's not the Taliban who will take over the country, its OFSTED, whose ever growing incursion into our children's lives, ever changing goal posts, ever earlier intervention is stressing out our teachers and preschool practitioners and not improving child education one bit.

Stop Ofsted visiting home childminders

People generally want to use a childminder because their child is very young and needs close care with one adult or because they want a home from home situation. Parents don’t need endless policies on data protection, fire drills and equal opps from someone that they know well and want to look after their kids. If someone only wants to look after one child on one day a week for 3 hours they currently need to have a first aid certificate, have attended a childminders course and been ofsteded. This is over the top. A CRB check should be sufficient between people that know each other. If others want to register to take children that they do not know then fine but it should not be illegal for friends to pay each other for childcare without ofsted being involved.

Why is this idea important?

People generally want to use a childminder because their child is very young and needs close care with one adult or because they want a home from home situation. Parents don’t need endless policies on data protection, fire drills and equal opps from someone that they know well and want to look after their kids. If someone only wants to look after one child on one day a week for 3 hours they currently need to have a first aid certificate, have attended a childminders course and been ofsteded. This is over the top. A CRB check should be sufficient between people that know each other. If others want to register to take children that they do not know then fine but it should not be illegal for friends to pay each other for childcare without ofsted being involved.

For gods sake leave things alone.

I am 60 years old and children are leaving school with less now than when I left.

This is mainly because of all the red tape and changes which each year millions are wasted because someone thinks they know better..

Why is this idea important?

I am 60 years old and children are leaving school with less now than when I left.

This is mainly because of all the red tape and changes which each year millions are wasted because someone thinks they know better..

Health and Safety in Schools

There are many times in my life where I wonder exactly what some of these so called council Health and Safety officers actually do. I am a teacher in a small primary school, where positions of responsibility can only be shared among a few people. With so many areas such as Child Protection and curriculum responsibilities on our shoulders, it would save us countless hours trawling the internet for policies and other guidance that we need if councils would provide a comprehensive guide for everything that we actually need.

Why is this idea important?

There are many times in my life where I wonder exactly what some of these so called council Health and Safety officers actually do. I am a teacher in a small primary school, where positions of responsibility can only be shared among a few people. With so many areas such as Child Protection and curriculum responsibilities on our shoulders, it would save us countless hours trawling the internet for policies and other guidance that we need if councils would provide a comprehensive guide for everything that we actually need.

Reduce the ridiculous Red Tape involved in planning school trips

I have just organised a residential trip for 30 primary school children and the paperwork that i had to fill in was ridiculous. It was a nightmare doing risk assessments for the various museums and other activities – even spending some time in Hyde Park needed to be risk assessed and we were only there for half an hour to eat our lunch. This is health and safety gone mad.

Why is this idea important?

I have just organised a residential trip for 30 primary school children and the paperwork that i had to fill in was ridiculous. It was a nightmare doing risk assessments for the various museums and other activities – even spending some time in Hyde Park needed to be risk assessed and we were only there for half an hour to eat our lunch. This is health and safety gone mad.

Ofsted tobe given remit to test IAQ of failingprimary schools

since 1999I correspondedwith HMG  to further my ideaas a state primary governor that 

 

OFSTED  as it controlled  the INDOOR AIR QUALITY   IAQ in 2010

                                   1 State day nurseries

                                   2state primary schools

                                    3  OLd Folks homes 

JOHN PRESCOTS   OoDPMIN 2005 PRODUCED A REPORT  iaq IN 10 ENGLISH schools

BY BRE AND AEA TECHNOLOGY  may  2005 

 

                    WE STILL NEED   porton down TO SUGGEST DAILY DOSE RATES   FOR 

 

CHILDREN   IN SCHOOL FOR PARRY HOURS .

 

uNIVERSITIES INVOLVED INCLUDE bristol  AND exeter EG autism 

 

          ENGLAND TEAM HQ    SA     was brand new   what were IAQ   standards   Affects on BRAIN /behaviour

 

    

Why is this idea important?

since 1999I correspondedwith HMG  to further my ideaas a state primary governor that 

 

OFSTED  as it controlled  the INDOOR AIR QUALITY   IAQ in 2010

                                   1 State day nurseries

                                   2state primary schools

                                    3  OLd Folks homes 

JOHN PRESCOTS   OoDPMIN 2005 PRODUCED A REPORT  iaq IN 10 ENGLISH schools

BY BRE AND AEA TECHNOLOGY  may  2005 

 

                    WE STILL NEED   porton down TO SUGGEST DAILY DOSE RATES   FOR 

 

CHILDREN   IN SCHOOL FOR PARRY HOURS .

 

uNIVERSITIES INVOLVED INCLUDE bristol  AND exeter EG autism 

 

          ENGLAND TEAM HQ    SA     was brand new   what were IAQ   standards   Affects on BRAIN /behaviour

 

    

Abolish OFSTED

Abolish OFSTED and make the Locally elected authorities directly responsible for school performance.  Centralised monitoring and control of performance has not raised standards in the learning of pupils; it is a bureaucratic tick box activity which allows government to hide behind the fig leaf of statistics

Why is this idea important?

Abolish OFSTED and make the Locally elected authorities directly responsible for school performance.  Centralised monitoring and control of performance has not raised standards in the learning of pupils; it is a bureaucratic tick box activity which allows government to hide behind the fig leaf of statistics

Scrap Ofsted.

Ofsted reports are largely meaningless. I've seen terrible schools get a glowing Ofsted report – all it means is that they've jumped through the hoops and produced the paperwork Ofsted need to cover their own backs. It says little or nothing about how well-educated the students are.

Teachers concentrate so much on impressing Ofsted – and following the Ofsted-supplied formula for what they consider to be "good" teaching, that there is little room for flexibility and innovation. Many of the very best teachers are mavericks who don't follow the rules – and many of them have already been driven out of the profession as it is.

Why is this idea important?

Ofsted reports are largely meaningless. I've seen terrible schools get a glowing Ofsted report – all it means is that they've jumped through the hoops and produced the paperwork Ofsted need to cover their own backs. It says little or nothing about how well-educated the students are.

Teachers concentrate so much on impressing Ofsted – and following the Ofsted-supplied formula for what they consider to be "good" teaching, that there is little room for flexibility and innovation. Many of the very best teachers are mavericks who don't follow the rules – and many of them have already been driven out of the profession as it is.