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Ofsted’s £900k new website will scrap ‘improved’ search engine

News | Published in The TES on 10 June, 2011| By: Stephen Exley



“Ofsted is to scrap its new online search facility for inspection reports after just a year, following a string of complaints.

Users of the watchdog’s website have complained that the supposedly improved search section is inadequate for helping them to find providers in a geographical area.

Concerns have also been raised about its speed and accuracy since it was launched last June, prompting Ofsted to publish an apology to users on its homepage.

A revamped website, produced at a cost of more than £900,000, is due to be unveiled “in the next few months”.

The statement on the inspectorate’s homepage says: “Following the launch of the new inspection reports search in June, we have received feedback from users whose needs are not met by this new search facility. We apologise for this.”

Visit Ofsted’s existing website to see for yourself:

Comments on: "Ofsted’s £900K revamped website" (1)

  1. Even when finished it will only search for and find reports based on the schools location not the content of the reports. There are 250 000 reports detailing successful practice in education but OFSTEDs search engine does not search it. Mercifully Google does

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