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Nurseries lying about development to look good for Ofsted

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twiggles Sat 08-Jan-11 22:18:09

A nursery manager said to me she is trying to get all the children to be the same standard. Since when are all individuals the same? Why not start from where the child is.
No way, according to the nursery teachers in this area. If a child is bright they receive little attention. The manager said she starts them low on the development curves so she can show an "upward development curve to Ofsted". She pretends the nursery has "developed the child" in different areas, when the child has already achieved these developments, so her nursery looks good in the eyes of Ofsted and receives a good Ofsted rating. She doesn't bother trying to develop children beyond the six developmental EYFS milestones. So bright children are not being developed from where they are individually because the nursery gains nothing from it! Unfortunately, it is not just one nursery manager like this, but a problem in this whole borough. How can one stop this rot?

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 20-Jan-13 19:57:59

I am now officially freaked by that!!

HecateWhoopass Sun 20-Jan-13 20:01:32

How do you know this? I assume you must work in the nursery or something, for the manager to have said this to you. And for what purpose did they disclose information which, if you chose to report to ofsted, would have dropped them in the shit.

You must be a very trusted person to them.

And what is your evidence that this is the same in all nurseries in your borough (and beyond?) ?

mrz Sun 20-Jan-13 20:03:53

We can expect the OP to return around Burn's Night 2014

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 20-Jan-13 20:35:17

i'll be waiting with my party poppers!!!

cory Mon 21-Jan-13 08:17:09

Both my children were graded rather lower in infants than I thought was consistent with what I knew of their development. It had nothing to do with the school cheating- what we were judging were totally different things. I judged them on what I knew they could do on their best days, in the comfort on their own home, with 1:1 and no distractions, and possibly with more than a bit of subconscious prompting from me. The school judged them on what they could do in a classroom setting, consistently, surrounded by other children competing for attention. Until they could manage this, then in the school's eye they could not read. Until they could demonstrate it, it could not be recorded. Teaching them to demonstrate it in a less sheltered atmosphere, as far as I was concerned, did constitute developing them individually.

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