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Schools: Inspections

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much Ofsted inspections cost in each of the last three years. (187328)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 20 February 2008:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for a response. You asked for an estimate of the cost of Ofsted inspections over the last three years.

On 1 April 2007, and following the Education and Inspections Act 2006, a new, single inspectorate came into being, ‘The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills’. It has taken on responsibilities from four existing inspectorates: the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI); the work relating to children and young peoples of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI); the work relating to the Children and Families Court Advisory and Support Services of HM Inspectorate of Court Administration (HMICA); and the work of the former Ofsted.

The relevant costs of these inspectorates for the three years 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08 are set out in the table below. These costs include the cost of Ofsted for the three years and the costs of inspection activity undertaken by other bodies prior to the transfer of these responsibilities on 1 April 2007. The 2007/08 figure refers to the costs of the new, single inspectorate form 1 April 2007 onwards.

Table A: Relevant Costs of Inspectorates

£ million

Inspectorate

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

Ofsted

223

211.6

236.6

ALI

30.3

25

CSCI

28.6

28.9

HMICA-CAFCASS

0.5

0.5

Total

282.4

266

236.6

A copy of this reply has been sent to Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners and will be placed in the library of both Houses.