Study on quality measures suggests Ofsted grades may be too broad
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
BBC News Online, Judith Burns, 20/03/2012
Research carried out by Oxford University suggests that Ofsted’s grading system is too broad to provide parents with a detailed measure of the quality of childcare provision.
“Ofsted grades cannot necessarily be relied upon as a complete measure of quality, and may need to be completed by other measures,” said Sandra Mathers, lead researcher from Oxford’s Department of Education.
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Research involving Oxford University and the charity Daycare Trust, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, compared Ofsted inspections with other quality assessments such as the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS). Sandra Mathers, lead researcher, from Oxford’s education department, said: “Ofsted grades cannot necessarily be relied upon as a complete measure of quality, and may need to be completed by other measures.”