How Ofsted inspects our clubs has changed


All our clubs are registered with, and inspected by Ofsted.  One way we reflect our passion for delivering the highest possible standards is to always try and achieve the highest possible Ofsted grading.

Until recently, it was possible for us to achieve one of four grades: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate.

A recent change in Ofsted means that we can now receive the considerably less insightful ‘Met’ or ‘Not Met’ grading in future Ofsted inspections.

The inspection report will include a summary for parents to highlight what we do well and what we need to improve.

The changes are as a result of an Ofsted consultation in early 2019 to seek the views of the public and those working in the sector. The consultation closed in April 2019, having received more than 15,000 responses, making it the largest consultation in Ofsted’s history.  We participated in the consultation and fed back that the existing inspection was not always relevant to us as we were inspected on the same framework as a nursery, and in most inspections, the inspector was only required to fully assess the club for those in the Reception year. 

We are pleased to say that we recently had our first inspection under the new framework, results of which will be published as soon as Ofsted release the official report.

After the inspection, Laura Lassetter, our Service Delivery Coordinator said: “It was interesting to see how the new inspection framework works in practice, the emphasis now seems to be much more on safeguarding and the individual chid, which I feel is a positive thing.”

What does this mean for out-of-school clubs?

Here is what the Ofsted inspectors will consider when making their judgements:

  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Personal development
  • Leadership and management

The final grading will reflect the inspector’s judgement as to whether our clubs meet or don’t meet the safeguarding and welfare requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance.

Met grading means that the requirements are met. Not Met grading means that the requirements are not met, at which point the inspector will assign a grading ‘not met with actions’ or ‘not met with enforcement’.

It feels disappointing for us as at Class Of Their Own not to be able to get the gradings as we have always prided ourselves on our Outstanding Ofsted achievements. However we feel that the new inspection framework does have a better understanding of the differences between pre-school settings and Out of School Settings and it’s great that the focus is on what it is like for a child in the setting.

The lack of an Ofsted grade will not impact our desire to deliver the best possible provision to children – even though we cannot say we are Ofsted outstanding, all our teams will still be striving for the same quality they always have!

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