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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 two calendars with the latest information about recent and planned consultations; they are updated regularly.

We are sharing these so that users, providers and stakeholders know our plans in advance, can see what Ofsted will be consulting on, how and when, and can read about what has happen as a result of consultation.

The calendars will be updated regularly. We will keep completed consultations, so people can refer back to the findings and see what action has been taken.

Single equality scheme – Stage two

Closing date: 12 Mar 2010

Ofsted is preparing its first single equality scheme to replace its existing three separate schemes (disability equality, race equality, gender equality). This is the second stage of the consultation, the first stage identified the priority equality objectives which have shaped the scheme so far.

Your responses to this consultation will help us to define not only our equality priorities but also the key activities for achieving our priorities. Our single equality scheme will be published, along with a detailed action plan, in April 2010.

We ask for feedback in particular on:

  • our approach to embedding equality
  • our equality priorities
  • our planned activities.

Please go to the Single equality scheme consultation – Stage two page for its consultation document and details on how to respond.

Proposals for the inspection of Department for Work and Pensions contracted employment provision from 2010

Closing date: 29 Jan 2010

Ofsted is reviewing arrangements for the inspection of the Department for Work and Pensions contracted employment provision to ensure that they are coherent and well matched to the needs of the user, the quality of the service, and that they develop our ability to target inspection where it will make the most difference. This consultation outlines how we propose to develop and use the Common Inspection Framework to focus on improvement in Department for Work and Pensions contracted employment provision and to ensure inspections for providers who offer a range of contracts are coherent.

Please go to the Proposals for the inspection of Department for Work and Pensions contracted employment provision from 2010 for its consultation document and details on how to respond.

Complaints about Ofsted’s work: proposed improvements to the process

Closing date: 13 Jan 2010

Ofsted is reviewing arrangements for the handling and investigation of concerns about our work and the conduct of our staff. We want to ensure that our approaches are closely matched to the needs of those making complaints. This consultation outlines how we propose to develop our complaints procedures. We aim to achieve a transparent process that is fair, accessible, and makes the best use of the valuable information provided by complainants to improve the service provided to children, young people and learners of all ages.

Please go to the complaints about Ofsted’s work: proposed improvements to the process page for its consultation document and details on how to respond.

An open book

We have drawn together a calendar of all planned consultation activity taking place across Ofsted until 2010.

We have also added a separate calendar showing all completed consultations since April 2009 and the published responses to these consultations.

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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