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Not a pleasant experience. Ofsted are by no means perfect themselves. Wrapped up in their Reputation above anything else and avoiding complaints. This creates back covering by managers and a blame culture.
Work from home if that suits you
I worked at Ofsted for nearly 5 years. I worked in a number of different departments, the contact centre and ARC are a fantastic place to work, the people and management are amazing. However, I then moved teams and was unfortunately bullied, I was victimised and treated horrifically. I was not given the opportunity to tell anyone about what was happening, because I was not given the time or believed.
ARC and the BSO team
Bullies, no progression opportunities, victimisation, pay, poorly treated when suffering with mental health issues
Undertaking complex pieces of work such as - survey work - inspections-preparing and deliver best practice seminars to a range of audiences on aspects of practice, leadership and management for authorities.Extensive experience of conduct effective and consistent inspections and investigation of providers.Ability to present sound analytical conclusions from a wide range of complex evidence and data and take appropriate action Very challenging work having to be a good role model both inside and outside the organisation. Very rewarding when providers act on what you tell them. Very frustrating when providers do not listed to what you are saying. Good communication skills and patients are essential!
Good pension scheme
There is no typical day. I am fully prepared with plans, resources and management strategies with the knowledge that plans may have to be adapted or overhauled quickly with appropriate back-ups to hand. Differentiating is key to allowing every individual to access the work and this can be the most rewarding, as well as the most challenging, aspect of the day.
Helpful, friendly staff
Long hours and the need to work at home
school runs and playgroup outings day trips, learning what makes children tick and how they learn through example. time management, form filling, keeping accurate records. hardest part of the job cleaning up and then getting ready for the next day, but trying to keep your house looking like a home! looking back on old photos and seeing all the fun the children had.
I worked a multitude of roles across the business during my time at Ofsted and found colleagues to be caring towards each other as well as having a genuine passion for the work that the company did. Support from managers was usually very forthcoming, the IT hardware and software was, on the whole, more current than many other companies thanks to a forward looking IT dept. There was active encouragement to do NVQs and other qualifications as well as numerous technologies that encouraged staff to embrace a joined up approach to working across departments. I am aware the company has undergone significant changes since my time there and there are now more offices and different management structures, but the above is the experience I had working for the company.
Community spirit amongst teams, flexible working
Potential travel between multiple offices
El organismo que regula el cuidado de niños en Reino Unido está muy bien organizado y explicado mediante páginas web y personal que se dedica integramente a ayudar las posibles dudas o problemas con el desarrollo del trabajo con niños pequeños.
El pago de muchas tasas
Busy days involving meetings with senior and middle managers, planning and organising work tasks. I learnt managing and organising conferences and meetings, booking intercity travel and hotels for senior managers, and efficient data management.
Flexible working hours (with core hours)
My day to day duties were interesting as I learned new things which helped develop my skills and experience. I spoke to various inspectors, helping them with their enquiries and made arrangements for their meetings etc. Also helped on Regional Events taking place across the region. My co-workers were professional and helped me settle in my job. There were a few aspects which I found unfair and discriminating by management due to poor management structure. However, I move forward looking back at the positive things achieved in my role with OFSTED, knowing I did well in my job which was clearly seen by other members in the office except the people in my team due to poor work politics. So much of equal opportunities and treating everyone fairly! But never the less, I believe hard work never goes to waste, I will find a better job with better management structure.
Extra hours put in gives you time on flexi which is great.
Very great place to work, satisfying knowing that you are working towards a really great purpose such as decent education for all.
Worked as part of the Information Management team. Day to day duties were very varied. No week was the same as the last. I collaborated on various projects, including - - Spot checks on all of Ofsted's different department’s data. To ensure that permissions for accessing data were correct and secure. - Facilitated an external audit on Ofsted's readiness and preparations for the upcoming changes to the Government's security classification markings - Developed an online reporting tool, using Microsoft InfoPath, to create a new, user friendly process for reporting data loss incidents. Such as lost laptops, memory sticks etc, which will improve the existing way of reporting them by enabling instant access to statistics.
Rewarding and varied duties, great team atmosphere, fantastic manager, and a sense of working towards a great goal, which was improving the standards of education.
Microsoft Sharepoint, which was a rather unpopular system in place.
I was with the office here from the day it opened to the day it closed. Regulating businesses is never fun and when the businesses you're running involve the care of small children, you work under the pressure that any mistake could cause real harm.
Near where i lived
Unnecessary office management by silo
Typical day: Dealing with his Inbox (in & out of it all day as large volume of emails). Telephone is very manic, appointments, requests, conference attendance, speakers requests daily. I book travel, hotels weekly. (this can change at very short notice within that day). Deal with his expenses. Order office equipment and stationary. Arrange meetings, prepare papers, disseminate in timely manner, book rooms, arrange passes for quests, book hospitality, keep records of all above for accounts reference. Management: Small team in York so management opportunities. Hardest part of job: is learning what the inspectors do and outcomes of school inspections. This often has an impact if covered on the TV, this puts us in the limelight, so it can have a knock on effect in the office the following day with numerous calls and requests for TV and radio coverage with the director. Enjoyable: fast paced and a huge earning curve which gives you a buzz.
opportunity to take on courses to further develop your career
Travelling to toehr offices, Work home life balance
I greatly enjoy the varied aspects of the childminders role, no two days are ever the same. It has been a great joy to spend time with each child in my care and to help them through my observations, assessments, planning and provision to achieve their early learning and development goals. I have learnt a great deal about my abilities to run a successful business, fulfilling all the duties within my self employment from budget management and forecasting, planning to marketing. I have developed strong relationships with other childminders and have been part of the Bucks Buddy Team providing mentoring and support to newly registered childminders. I am an Accredited Childminder providing government funded early education places for 2, 3 & 4 year olds, within this I have undertaken additional training and worked closely with a PACEY Co-ordinator. The hardest part of the job is the long hours without a break, I currently work from 7.30 am to 6.00 pm, due to the aspect of the work there is no opportunity for a break within the day. There are so many aspects to the job that I enjoy, every child brings something different to enjoy. I take great pride and enjoyment from observing, assessing, planning and delivering learning and development opportunities for the individual child, documenting thoroughly and presenting a Learning Journey for each child. The business management and marketing aspects of running a small business I find to be enjoyable and challenging.
Exciting and varried job role
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