Ofsted Withdraws Report Critical of Nursery

Ofsted has withdrawn a report which criticised a nursery for allegedly failing to teach young children about cultural diversity.

The nursery which is located in Market Rasen was apparently told that children were not learning enough about people who were from different cultures than themselves.

As a result, the nursery was changed from ‘outstanding’ to ‘good’ by Ofsted.

The owner of the nursery felt that the evaluation was unfair as Market Rasen is not a multi-ethnic area, and that therefore Ofsted had ‘unrealistic expectations’ which are driven by political correctness.

An Ofsted spokeswoman said: "The regional director has spoken to the owner about her concerns and we have withdrawn the report while we review the case."

Before the report was taken back, Louise Davies told the Market Rasen Mail: "There are things they'd like us to do over and above - children having understanding of other people and different cultures.

"It comes with living in the community where there isn't a great deal of cultural and ethnic diversity.

"They're not seeing that on a day-to-day basis, unlike nurseries in London where they do have it on a day-to-day basis."

According to the paper, the Ofsted report, which had praised the nursery in other areas, began: "Staff do not provide enough opportunities for children to develop a strong sense of belonging at the nursery and to learn about people who are different to themselves."

Ms. Davies was told that the school would benefit from pictures of children from other types of ethnic backgrounds on the walls.

The early years foundation stage is the curriculum for areas nurseries catering for under-fives must cover, and it stipulates that children should be helped to understand "the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment".

The move comes as England's schools inspectorate publishes its equality objectives.

It says: "In education inspections, inspectors will assess the extent to which the provider inspected gives due regard to relevant legal duties as set out in the Equality Act 2010.

As a result of the act, schools must make a concerted effort to educate children about diversity and about people from other cultural backgrounds. 


Written By:

Daniel James


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