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Quality criteria for schools and settings to offer full-time places

In order for schools and private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector providers to be able to offer a full-time place to an eligible child, they must meet the criteria agreed by Birmingham City Council. This is to ensure that the most disadvantaged pupils benefit from high quality places, as research has proven it is the quality of the provision that makes the biggest difference.

The Quality criteria have therefore been agreed as:

  • Ofsted; schools/settings should have received a “Good or “Outstanding” Ofsted rating. For primary schools this will the overall rating of the whole school.

  • Qualifications; schools/settings must have a comprehensive training and performance plan that is consistent for staff at all levels. All settings should have at least one Qualified Teacher or Graduate Leader (or equivalent as recognised by the CWDC).

  • Leadership and Management; the leadership team of the school/setting must demonstrate an ability to plan strategically and review and monitor short and long term targets. The school/setting should have a good record of staff retention.

Schools and PVI settings that do not meet these criteria will not be able to offer a full-time place. If pupils meeting the criteria for a full-time place are identified during the admissions process, these pupils should be signposted to the Early Years and Childcare Service by emailing eycc@birmingham.gov.uk so that appropriate arrangements can be made. A part-time place can still be offered.