Ofsted has pulled in further workers to kind by an inflow of greater than 10,000 emails following a marketing campaign to report colleges to the watchdog for the nice work they’re doing.
Nonetheless, the deluge of emails – which has doubled since Friday – might imply a “real safeguarding threat takes longer to be resolved”, an Ofsted director mentioned.
Faculties Week revealed final week that the inspectorate had acquired over 5,000 emails from dad and mom between Wednesday and Friday.
It adopted a marketing campaign on social media to show the desk on schooling secretary Gavin Williamson, who had earlier instructed dad and mom to complain to Ofsted if their youngster’s faculty was not offering appropriate distant schooling.
The emails are despatched to Ofsted’s basic enquiries inbox and managed by the watchdog’s name centre staff. The watchdog wouldn’t say what number of are real complaints, however it’s thought the bulk are optimistic.
The marketing campaign to reward colleges led to Ofsted trending on Twitter on Friday morning with round 5,000 folks tweeting in regards to the watchdog.
Nonetheless, Chris Jones, the watchdog’s director of technique, warned on Twitter that the surge in emails “simply will increase the possibility of a real safeguarding threat taking longer to be resolved”.
In a bid to make sure real safeguarding considerations don’t go unanswered, Ofsted has deployed further workers to work by the hundreds of emails and guarantee pressing issues are promptly handled.
Williamson instructed the Home of Commons on Wednesday that colleges’ distant schooling responsibility might be “enforced by Ofsted”, including: “If dad and mom really feel their youngster’s faculty isn’t offering appropriate distant schooling they need to first elevate their considerations with a instructor or headteacher, and failing that report the matter to Ofsted.”
Sources instructed Faculties Week that the inspectorate weren’t totally conscious of its new function previous to this announcement and senior officers had been left “livid” after they discovered.
Elsewhere Ofsted confirmed at present that its inspectors would take Covid-19 exams earlier than finishing up on-site monitoring visits from subsequent month.