APPENDIX III |
LIST OF CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
THE FIRST REPORT FROM THE EDUCATION AND
SKILLS COMMITTEE, SESSION 2001-02, HC 437
1. We would welcome stringent external evaluation
of the soundness of OFSTED's methods, but we are not persuaded
that a Royal Commission on OFSTED is needed (paragraph 3).
2. Mr Mike Tomlinson's term as HMCI has brought
a welcome difference in tone to OFSTED (paragraph 4).
3. We are concerned that teachers find OFSTED
inspections to be overly stressful. We urge headteachers and governing
bodies to keep a sense of proportion when preparing for inspection,
in order to avoid creating unnecessary and additional stress for
teachers. We endorse the Chief Inspector's advice that schemes
of work, school policies and lesson plans should not need rewriting
in advance of an inspection (paragraph 6).
4. We welcome the involvement of practising teachers
serving as members of OFSTED's inspection teams. This strengthens
the inspection process, provides valuable professional development
opportunities and helps spread good practice between schools (paragraph
5. We welcome the proposal to increase the attention
given to pupils' views in the inspection process, which we expect
to encourage the development of school councils to ensure that
pupils' views are always taken fully into account (paragraph 10).
6. We strongly support the inclusion of the local
education authority among those invited to contribute before an
inspection is undertaken (paragraph 11).
7. We look forward to seeing OFSTED's analysis
of bureaucracy in future Annual Reports from Her Majesty's Chief
Inspector of Schools (paragraph 12).
8. We would welcome a clear plan of action to
be agreed between OFSTED and local education authorities on how
to prevent schools with serious weaknesses from falling into the
category of schools requiring special measures (paragraph 14).
9. It remains our concern that smoking causes
cancer and heart disease. There is powerful evidence that exposure
to secondhand tobacco smoke is also harmful (paragraph 19).
10. While we accept that adults should decide
for themselves whether or not to smoke, we would support a coordinated
approach to reducing the harm done to children by tobacco smoke.
We regret that the National Standards for childminders do not
match the Standards applicable to other childcare settings in
banning smoking in front of children (paragraph 19).
11. We recommend that OFSTED should include in
each inspection of a childminder setting (i) discussion of the
attitude of the child's parents or guardians to exposing the child
to tobacco smoke and (ii) observation and assessment of the child's
exposure to tobacco smoke in the childminder's presence (paragraph
12. We recommend that OFSTED should publish by
December 2003 a study of the exposure of children and childminders
to tobacco smoke, and any consequential advice to the Secretary
of State on revising the National Standards (paragraph 20).
13. We would expect good quality childcare to
exclude the physical chastisement of small children. We recommend
that OFSTED should report by December 2003 on the extent of the
use of physical punishment by childminders (paragraph 22).
14. We intend to hold a meeting with Mr David
Bell in the near future (paragraph 27).
15. We agree with our predecessors that there
should be a debate in the House of Commons on OFSTED at least
once a year (paragraph 28).