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Event Summary

All schools are due an inspection by 2025, with Ofsted increasing their focus on Early Years settings, including nurseries and primary schools.*

This February, Westminster Insight’s timely Early Years Inspections Digital Conference will address the current areas of focus for Ofsted. Chaired by Professor Chris Pascal OBE, Director of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood, learn how you can be inspection ready at all times and instil a continual drive for improvement.

We will spotlight a variety of best practice from primary, infant schools and nurseries, including those recently inspected, achieving an ‘outstanding’ rating, and those moving towards ‘good’. How can you demonstrate a high quality of education, and leadership and management in your setting. Ensure all your staff share the vision for your learning goals.

We will review the latest guidance for early years settings under the EIF and the impact of the changes to the EYFS. Hear practical case studies focused on innovative curriculum design that incorporate the seven areas of learning and development from the EYFS framework. How can you demonstrate your knowledge of the EYFS and your children’s current level of progress?

We will highlight safeguarding and new expectations for SEND. The pandemic has disrupted children’s speech and language development and limited opportunities to explore the world in their formative years. Experts will discuss how to address setbacks in speech and language development. We will explore best-practice for embedding cultural capital, and enriching children’s understanding of the world.

Developing positive relationships with parents and carers can be difficult but is essential to understand the needs of each child. Hear how to develop trust, and approach difficult safeguarding conversations to address recent concerns raised by Ofsted.

Schools that receive a requires improvement or special measures rating often get stuck in a cycle of challenging circumstances and limited improvement.** How can schools bounce back from this and improve their future? Hear Dr Bernardita Munoz Chereau discuss how schools can get out of this cycle and improve future outcomes.

*Ofsted Press Release, April 2022

** Stuck” schools: Can below good Ofsted inspections prevent sustainable improvement?, Chereau, B.M., Hutchinson, J. and Ehren, M,  2022

Key Topics

  • Understanding the process of Ofsted inspections and new areas of focus for improvement 
  • First-hand experiences  on school improvement from Nurseries and Schools who have recently received Ofsted Outstanding and Good
  • Identifying and demonstrating the ongoing impact of the pandemic
  • Meeting expectations in leadership and management
  • Outstanding Curriculums: Designing a curriculum that meets Ofsted expectations and the needs of your cohort
  • Meeting and exceeding Ofsted’s safeguarding and wellbeing expectations and building positive relationships with parents and carers
  • Understanding what is expected under new 2023 SEND inspections
  • Mapping children’s development needs and meeting Ofsted’s behaviour and attitudes expectations
  • Overcoming negative implications of poor Ofsted inspection outcomes