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Ofsted’s new Chief Inspector will pledge to put the interests of disadvantaged children at the heart of future reforms, as he launches a major public consultation on Ofsted’s work.

  • Chief Inspector pledges that Ofsted will champion high standards for all children, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable.
  • The Big Listen opens today and will run for 12 weeks, seeking views about Ofsted’s work from parents, carers and professionals in education and social care.
  • The Big Listen will be followed by ‘real action’, and marks a new chapter in Ofsted’s relationship with the education and care sectors.

The Big Listen, which will run for 3 months, is a wide-reaching and comprehensive effort to hear from the full range of professionals and providers Ofsted works with, as well as the parents, carers, children and learners it works for.

Launching the consultation at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Conference in Liverpool on Friday morning, the Chief Inspector, Sir Martyn Oliver, will say:

We want to see high standards for all children, and positive outcomes for all children. This is how we start to tackle disadvantage as a society – by opening new doors, creating new opportunities and better life chances.  

We don’t want disadvantage or vulnerability to be a barrier. Because if you get it right for the most disadvantaged, you get it right for everyone. Ofsted has a crucial role to play in making sure that happens, and pointing out when it doesn’t.

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