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 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.