Ofsted listens some more

There’s been a lot of interest in the schools sector about a meeting between bloggers and Mike Cladingbowl, Ofsted’s national director for schools.

With much less fanfare, a very constructive meeting has taken place this week between Gill Reay of Ofsted, officials from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and representatives from local government, the learning and skills sector and the third sector.

Organised by NIACE, the National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education, the seminar was prompted by recent changes of emphasis arising from community learning reform and the localism agenda. The meeting focused on how the inspection regime could recognise and assess providers’ responsiveness.

The event was interactive and practical with productive exchanges of information and views.

Colleagues from Ofsted and BIS showed knowledge and  understanding of community learning principles and practice and a commitment to working with providers.

The nature of the dialogue was reassuring and it’s good to see efforts to make sure that inspection processes reflect the specific nature, challenges and important role of community learning.