A conversation at ResearchED

Last Saturday J and I trailed into the wilds of East London to attend ResearchED2014.

Michael Cladingbowl (National Director, Inspection Reform at Ofsted) was giving a talk to an incredibly packed audience about the future of Ofsted. And I was one of the sardines packed in tightly to listen.

And also ask a question, about Ofsted, FE Colleges, and why Ofsted could do nothing about Murder College. The upshot of which was a private conversation with Michael and his contact details to discuss further. So that’s happening.

Meanwhile Murder College is lauding its recent Ofsted success with a banner advertising it is a “safe and supportive” environment. I’m not sure for whom. Not staff and students. Perhaps it is safe for gang members, supportive for bullies and tyrants, because those doing the most wrong certainly always seemed to have the college on their side.

I found out a couple of weeks ago that one of the first students I taught was convicted of murder, along with others all connected to Murder College. And still there’s “no problem” at the “safe and supportive” College. Good, with Outstanding dangers…

Posts are remaining password protected until I’ve spoken to Michael Cladingbowl, but if anyone wants the password, leave a comment or contact me via Twitter or the contact form on the site and I’ll let you know it.

Quick explanation

As you may have noticed, my last few posts disappeared (briefly) and are now password protected.

On Wednesday I received a phonecall from the child protection team at the local council. Ofsted had passed my complaints on to them and they are investigating. They were due to hand deliver my complaint to the principal of the college at a meeting that day, and wanted to know if I was willing to be identified.

As I no longer work at the College I agreed.

The police were also attending the meeting due to some of the allegations.

Due to the involvement of child protection and the police I have decided to take the posts out of public view to avoid compromising any investigation.

Outcome of Ofsted complaint

Part 1: Good men do nothing
Part 2: Letter sent to Ofsted Inspector – Spring 2014
Part 3: Response from Ofsted Inspectors and Aftermath – Spring 2014
Part 4: An Inspector calls
Part 5: Back to Ofsted
Part 6: The Skills Funding Agency gets involved

In the first week of August I received the outcome of the Ofsted investigation. From the limited area they could look at, I wasn’t hoping for much. My comments on their outcomes follow the letter itself. Please click on each image for a larger size version.
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The Skills Funding Agency gets involved

Part 1: Good men do nothing
Part 2: Letter sent to Ofsted Inspector – Spring 2014
Part 3: Response from Ofsted Inspectors and Aftermath – Spring 2014
Part 4: An Inspector calls
Part 5: Back to Ofsted

True to their word, Ofsted passed on my complaint letter to the Skills Funding Agency. Whilst waiting for Ofsted to complete their investigations, the Skills Funding Agency sent the following correspondence:

From: complaintsteam@sfa.bis.gov.uk
Dear Mr Anderson

Your letter of complaint sent to OFSTED regarding [College] has been passed to the Skills Funding Agency’s complaints team as we are responsible for dealing with complaints about [College]. For your reference, you can find a copy of the Agency’s complaints procedure here.

As you will note in the procedure, the Agency will usually only investigate complaints once a training provider’s own complaints procedure has been exhausted.  If you have not done so already, you should make a formal complaint to [College] in the first instance and exhaust its own complaints procedures.  If you remain dissatisfied once [College’s] own procedures, including an appeal, have been exhausted, you can contact the Agency further.
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Back to Ofsted

Part 1: Good men do nothing
Part 2: Letter sent to Ofsted Inspector – Spring 2014
Part 3: Response from Ofsted Inspectors and Aftermath – Spring 2014
Part 4: An Inspector calls

[Regional Director]
Ofsted

Dear [Regional Director]

Complaint
[College] ([URN])
Inspection Number […]

Many thanks for contacting me in May and June about my complaint regarding the Ofsted inspection at [College] from [dates] of this year.

I appreciate from what you told me that many of the issues I have raised are outwith the powers of Ofsted to investigate. I therefore ask that you pass on the information in this letter and its attachments to the Department for Education, the Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency (as well as any other groups who may have the legal authority to investigate).
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