Exemptions for schools from registering 2 year olds separately with Ofsted from 2015
The government is legislating to remove the requirement that schools should register their early years provision for two-year-olds separately with Ofsted. Subject to the approval of parliament this should come into effect for September 2015. In a recent open letter to schools on government reforms, minister Sam Gyimah wrote:
“Crucially, we are working to remove the need for schools to register their provision for two-year-olds separately with Ofsted. As this change will be in place for September 2015, I wanted to give you sufficient notice to begin your planning now.”
Consultation on revisions to “Working Together to Safeguard Children”
The Department for Education is seeking views on three substantive revisions to the Working Together to Safeguard Children statutory guidance, published in 2013. The three proposed changes being consulted on cover:
- the referral of allegations against those who work with children;
- notifiable incidents involving the care of a child; and
- the definition of serious harm for the purposes of serious case reviews.
The consultation also includes a series of more minor proposed amendments to the guidance. The consultation closes at 5.00pm on Tuesday 3rd February and can be accessed by clicking here.
Consultation on Prevent Duty
On 18 December 2014, the Home Office published for consultation, draft guidance on the Prevent duty. This duty is part of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, which will apply to a wide range of bodies supporting children and young people, including all local authorities, schools, sixth form colleges, registered childcare providers and providers of children’s social care. Education, childcare and children’s social care providers are already responsible for keeping children safe, including from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and for promoting the welfare of children in their care. The Prevent duty will reinforce these existing duties by spreading understanding of the risks and current good practice across the country.
The government is keen that providers across the early years and childcare sector have the opportunity to engage with this draft guidance and to offer views direct to the Home Office as part of this consultation. The draft guidance and details of the consultation, which closes on 30th January, including how to respond are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/prevent-duty
Ofsted to inspect early years initial teacher training
From April 2015, Ofsted will inspect early years initial teacher training providers which provide training for those working with children up to five years of age. This is part of a drive to help raise standards in nurseries and early years settings.
Ofsted currently inspects initial teacher training in the primary, secondary, and further education phases. However, this is the first time that early years initial teacher training will be inspected.