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Ofsted scraps self-evaluation forms

By Rachel Lawler

Ofsted SEF scrapped
Ofsted has announced that it is scrapping its early years self-evaluation from (SEF).
 
The form is currently optional for early years providers ahead of an inspection and designed to help them prepare. But from 1 April 2018 onwards, the form will no longer exist.
 
The decision comes after a review of the form by Ofsted, which concluded that it was not necessary. Managers and staff can still evaluate their practice and should be able to explain this to an inspector. But from April onwards, they will no longer have an SEF to complete.
 
Last year, Ofsted clarified that the SEF was not a requirement as part of an early years myth-busting campaign.
 
Ofsted hopes that removing the form altogether will help reduce the administrative burden on early years providers.
 
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