Transparency bid: Development of an Ofsted reporting template for use by all local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region

At the end of 2016, councils were invited to bid for Transparency bid grants by the Local Government Association (LGA). Calderdale Council has been granted one of eight successful bids (out of 54 bids received). The bid is to develop an Ofsted ready Children’s Services initial contact, ie a “front door” self assessment template and associated dataset.

Calderdale will develop this, with the help of a consultant supported by the grant, which will work across the Yorkshire and the Humber region (Y and H). It will be a collaboration with Directors of Children’s Services, the Assistant Director’s Safeguarding Group and the Performance and Information Management Group from Y and H, with a view to having a milestone iteration by the end of May 2017.

Contact has been made with Ofsted, who are preparing the new post April 2018 inspection framework, which will include this element. Hence, we will be keeping Ofsted up to date with our developments.

In summer 2017, Calderdale will trial the template internally, and the latest iteration will be incorporated into the Y and H Sector Led Improvement (SLI) model for September 2017.

The Y and H SLI cycle ends in January 2018 with a Challenge day. The feedback from this will inform the final iteration, which will be available in February 2018.

The final product will be shared nationally via a submission to the Association of Directors Children’s Services Standards (ADCSS) Performance and Inspection committee.

We will update this page as the project progresses, including all milestone iterations and the dataset.

Details of all the successful bids can be found at LGA Inform: LGA data experts grants support better use of local data mini projects .