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Consultations

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Ofsted has developed a user and stakeholder engagement strategy. It sets out how we will encourage and promote user engagement as a driver for improvement and how we will listen to our users, providers and stakeholders in all that we do.

We strive to listen carefully to users of the services we inspect and regulate and to all of our other stakeholders. Your views are therefore crucial in helping us to understand where we need to focus our efforts and to tell us what works and what doesn’t. In this section of our website, you can find out about, and comment upon, consultations currently under way.

We have also drawn together a calendar of all planned consultation activity taking place across Ofsted until 2009. We are sharing this so that users, providers and stakeholders know our plans in advance and can see what Ofsted will be consulting on, how and when, and what will happen as a result.

The calendar will be updated regularly. Completed consultations will be kept for a year, so people can refer back to the findings and see what action has been taken.

A focus on improvement: proposals for further education and skills system inspections from September 2009

Closing date: 27 Jan 2009

We have reviewed arrangements for the inspection of the FE and skills system to ensure that they are coherent and well matched to the needs of the user and the quality of the service, and that they develop our ability to target inspection where it will make the most difference. Our proposals for a revised Common Inspection Framework and for the inspection of colleges, work-based learning and nextstep from September 2009 are set out in this consultation document.

The closing date for the consultation is 27 January 2009.

Read the consultation document

Complete the consultation online

Indicators of a school’s contribution to well-being – a consultation

Closing date: 16 Jan 2009

As signalled in the Children’s Plan and in the well-being guidance, the DCSF and Ofsted have been working to develop strong school-level indicators of pupils’ well-being. These indicators will improve the information available to schools to help them assess the well-being issues their pupils face and to evaluate the school’s contribution to promoting pupil well-being. Ofsted will be looking for evidence from all schools on well-being and therefore the indicators will apply to all maintained schools, primary, secondary, special and Pupil Referral Units and to academies.

DCSF and Ofsted have now launched a consultation paper with proposals about those indicators. Responses are requested by 16 January 2009.

Read the paper

Complete the online consultation

Ofsted Comprehensive area assessment consultation

Closing date: 03 Dec 2008

Ofsted’s vision is to raise standards and improve lives. This consultation seeks views on proposals for assessing children’s services and Ofsted’s inspection of services for children in care and safeguarding as part of the new Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA).

Read the consultation document

Complete the consultation

Consultation on changes to the arrangements for inspecting Cafcass

Closing date: 01 Dec 2008

Ofsted’s vision is to raise standards and improve lives. We inspect and regulate to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people.

This consultation seeks your view on our proposals for the future inspection of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass). This is a single agency which covers the 21 court areas of England.

Read the consultation document

Complete the consultation

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We have drawn together a calendar of all planned consultation activity taking place across Ofsted until 2009.

Your voice

If you have any comments or queries about the calendar, or the consultation section in general, please email consultations@ofsted.gov.uk or click the link below.

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