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Schools: Inspections

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with Ofsted on the implementation of changes to inspections following the provision of the foundation stage curriculum. (127633)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, meets with Her Majesty's Chief Inspector on a regular basis and I meet with her termly. Inspection is one of the topics frequently discussed and we are working closely with Ofsted on changes to the current arrangements to reflect the introduction and implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Ofsted is currently undertaking a series of pilot inspections based on a common approach to inspection that will be applicable across all early years settings from September 2008. The second phase of the pilots is due to commence in April.