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Langham Nursery has submitted a formal complaint to Ofsted after claiming it was unfairly rated as inadequate




A nursery has submitted a formal complaint to Ofsted after claiming it was unfairly rated as inadequate.

Langham Nursery, which is currently caring for 76 children, received a scathing report because the inspector felt staff don’t recognise the signs of children being vulnerable to extremist views.

Despite being praised in other areas of its work, the nursery’s inadequate score for safeguarding prevented it from receiving a higher rating overall.

Langham Nursery is based on the same site as the primary school. Photo: Google
Langham Nursery is based on the same site as the primary school. Photo: Google

The nursery is part of the Rutland Learning Trust. Its managers say the report fails to reflect the quality of education and care which is provided on a daily basis.

A statement said: “The report defines the setting as inadequate in relation to the ‘prevent agenda’ (radicalisation risk) element of the safeguarding
procedures.

“Any less than an adequate element within safeguarding procedures leads to a rating of inadequate overall.

“The trust and nursery are in the process of making a formal complaint to Ofsted, appealing against all the judgements in the report which they consider unfair and damaging to the very strong reputation of the setting.”

Chief executive officer of the Rutland Learning Trust, Rob Gooding, added: “Over the last five years there have been no safeguarding incidents, concerns or breaches at the nursery.

“In fact, the Ofsted report states that staff have a good understanding of how to identify children who are at risk which contradicts the previous statement.”

Ofsted inspector Sharon Alleary visited the nursery on June 24.

She judged the children’s development in language and literacy to be a particular strength and also praised the staff for developing good relationships with the youngsters.

She said: “The nursery staff have nurtured strong relationships with parents. Those who gave feedback during the inspection said that their children loved attending and were making good progress.”

While some staff were praised, the report also recommended a focus on coaching “to help weaker staff to improve their teaching practice to a high standard” after noting that older children sometime become bored by the activities on
offer.



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