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Message from Tim Browne, Head of Education - Ofsted Inspection


The long awaited and much anticipated Ofsted inspection has arrived. As you may be aware from past briefings the inspectors will be with us for the next four weeks.

Many of you will have been through this process a number of times and together we have made significant improvements for the children and families we work with and I am confident that we can demonstrate this to the inspection team.

During the next four weeks you may be asked to meet with inspectors about specific cases or service areas and asked to demonstrate ways our effective partnership working benefits children and families in the county. Whilst inspectors may pursue areas of concern we need to highlight examples of good practice too.

You may also find that an inspector accompanies a social worker at meetings you are attending.

This is not just an inspection of the local authority, as the inspection of the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) runs alongside it, therefore the focus on how effective we are together as partners will be central to the inspection.

We will be organising a partner briefing during the second week of the inspection for those individuals we think are most likely to come into contact with inspectors. We know that the inspection process is very demanding and we ask you to bear with us at this time.

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