Ofsted Big Conversation: North West

About the Ofsted Big Conversation

The Ofsted Big Conversation brings together representatives of Early Years Childcare Providers and Ofsted across the UK. It is run on a voluntary basis by sector representatives.

The OBC is run on a regional basis, and its aim is twofold – to provide an opportunity for providers to raise areas of concern or queries with a representative from Ofsted, and to give Ofsted an opportunity to give sector representatives updates on policy changes and explain how it operates.

Image of an Ofsted Big Conversation Meeting
Image of an Ofsted Big Conversation Meeting

About #NWOBC

The OBC North West Steering Group was established in September 2014 as a key voice for the early years sector and is run by volunteers from the Early Years Sector on a not for profit basis. Our twice yearly open meetings provide really meaningful engagement at grass roots level as well as fantastic professional development. Termly steering group meetings with Ofsted ensure continued focus and a mutual respect that we all want what is best for children.

Visit our Archive Page to view minutes of previous meetings and presentations from Ofsted representatives.

Open Meetings

We are delighted to announce that our next #NWOBC Open Meeting will be on 2 October 2021.

As the previous online edition of the meeting was successful, and no-one is quite sure what the national picture will be in October (although we’ve all got our fingers crossed!) we have decided to make the next meeting fully online as well.

Oct 2021
02 October 2021
£7.50

#NWOBC October 2021

The next OBC North West event will be held online […]

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NWOBC Ofsted Content and Meeting Archive

Previous Meetings and Ofsted Content

As well as two Open Meetings every year, the Ofsted Big Conversation North West Steering Group also have closed meetings with representatives of Ofsted once every term. These meetings cover topics of concern to the sector and allow Ofsted to give us regular updates.

Material presented by Ofsted at any of our meetings is designed to be freely available to anyone who wants it, as are the minutes of the closed meetings. We have now set up an archive page here which is where we will add any content we get from Ofsted and we will post minutes of our closed meetings so that everyone can see what we’ve been discussing. Of course we’ll still keep disseminating as much as we can via our social channels, but this gives us a central point to link to.