Ofsted’s latest parents survey found that 9 out of 10 parents know the Ofsted rating of their child’s school or childcare provider – underlining the clarity of the grading system.
The survey, carried out by YouGov and published today, also found that 6 in 10 parents feel Ofsted is a force for improvement and a trusted judge of standards. Ofsted reports and the views of other parents are the 2 main sources that parents use when choosing a childcare provider, school or college for their child.
Read the 2018 Annual Parents Survey.
In conjunction with the survey, Ofsted has published a new report considering the criticisms and advantages of the grading system. It concludes that the current 4-point grading system will be retained, as Ofsted prepares to launch a new inspection framework, to come into effect in September.
Ofsted currently awards schools, colleges, further education and skills providers, and early years settings with an overall judgement of either outstanding, good, requires improvement, or inadequate.
‘Retaining the current grading system in education: some arguments and evidence’ argues that these inspection judgements provide parents with a useful headline indicator of provider quality, which is different from, but complements performance data.
The report lists a range of evidence on the high degree of public trust in Ofsted’s work that suggests that the current system is working for parents. It is also used as a trigger for intervention in schools by regional schools commissioners, local authorities, academy trust leaders and governors, when a school is judged as ‘inadequate’ overall.