The London OBC May 2024

May 13th 2024

The London OBC meeting will be back on the 23rd of May, held at Bain & Company, London.

The OBCs continue to demonstrate the benefits of being engaged with the regulator especially as now we have a new Chief Inspector Sir Martyn Oliver who has launched the Ofsted Big Listen. 

Sir Martyn is keen to hear from the sector and having a conversation with his team face to face is the best way to do this. Ofsted is aware of some of our concerns especially now we are on the crest of a very unstable wave as we try and roll out the expansion with so few highly qualified staff, an increase in children with SEND and limited funding. It will take more than a juggler to do this and keep quality strong. 

Ofsted has just posted a blog on the subject which might be worth reading in advance. Focusing on: 

  • Workforce challenges are evident when we are inspecting. 
  • What providers are doing to mitigate some of these negative impact. 
  • The importance of continued good leadership and management in times of high staff turnover. 

The report is based on thematic visits to 6 local areas where families access Start for Life services through a family hub. Parents say that they are more confident in feeding their infants and have better perinatal mental health, and that their children achieve better outcomes. Local areas are aware that there is more work to do to ensure all families, including those from seldom-heard groups or those who have a disability, can access Start for Life services in every family hub. Some aspects of the Start for Life programme are better developed than others. Postnatal services that offer support for perinatal mental health and infant feeding are more established than services for expectant parents. The home learning element of the programme for under 2s is less well developed in all areas. Read on… 

And the Complaints Procedure has been updated. 


I look forward to seeing you, come and bring your friends. Here is the plan: 

3.45 – 4   Doors open 
4 – 4.20  Welcome by June O’Sullivan 
4.20 – 5.00  Presentation from Ofsted Early Years Representatives 
5.00 – 5.30  The Big Listen & Our Best Start in Life 
5.30 – 6.30  Questions and Answers 
6.30  Close & Networking 

RSVP here and get tickets now!


Fun Task
What do you call a group of Ofsted Inspectors?… Give me your answer on my twitter  (but keep it clean!)
Once we have a response, we will have a competition and best idea gets a prize!

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