Parents Aware of School’s Ofsted Rating:
It’s hardly earth shattering news, but results of an Ofsted Parent Survey released today found that 9 out of 10 parents know the Ofsted rating of their child’s education provider.
The YouGov survey also found that 6 in 10 parents believe Ofsted is a ‘force for improvement’ and a ‘trusted judge of standards’.
A total of 1,111 Parents took part in the survey saying it was a school or childcare provider’s Ofsted report and the views of other parents that were the 2 main sources valued for making a final choice.
Ofsted believe the results show the ‘clarity of the grading system’.
There is a 4-point grading system currently in use which will be retained with the launch of a new inspection framework in the next academy year. Schools, colleges, early years settings and further education establishments are given a result of Grade 4 inadequate, Grade 3 requires improvement, Grade 2 good or Grade 1 outstanding as part of an inspection.
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, said: ‘Choosing the right childcare provider, school or college for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent will make. Parents use our reports to help them make that choice and to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of their child’s school. The grades are a reliable measure of quality. They are simple, they are well understood and they work for parents.’