Ofsted Inspection of Children's Services - Children, Schools and Families Committee Contents

Supplementary memorandum submitted by Ofsted

  I was grateful for the opportunity to appear before Members and give evidence last month. The Committee's scrutiny is a key accountability mechanism for Ofsted, and I welcome the chance to respond to questions and present our view.

  During the proceedings I was asked by Karen Buck for information on the way deprivation and socio-economic profiling is measured (questions 137 to 140). I added a note of clarification to the Committee's corrected transcript of proceedings, explaining that Ofsted uses the combination of free school meal eligibility, and the degree of deprivation associated with pupils' postcode. This information about eligibility for free school meals and pupil postcode is gathered by the Department for Children, School and Families through the School Census, whilst the degree of deprivation is calculated using the IDACI, an Index of Multiple Deprivation produced by the Department of Communities and Local Government. As such, both methods of determining deprivation under the new framework are associated with the children attending a particular school, rather than the location the school is in.

Christine Gilbert CBE

HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills

April 2010

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