Ofsted looks to turn reports into web content

Written by Sam Trendall on 12 June 2018 in News
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Schools inspectorate seeks supplier for 12-month project to make reports more accessible

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Education regulator Ofsted is looking to “make its reports more accessible” and is seeking a technology supplier to help it produce and publish content digitally.

The organisation currently creates and publishes its inspection reports in PDF format, but wishes to explore the possibility of using other data formats – such as web content. The goal is to make its reports easier for users to access and navigate. The regulator also wants to simplify the process of sharing its data with other agencies.

“Users [currently] cannot look up and find information in the reports easily, as they are having to open each report and scan through it… to find what they are looking for,” said Ofsted. “Moreover, we cannot open up our reports data in the current format to third parties who have an interest in standards in education, skills, and children's services.”


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Ofsted is looking to write and publish reports using a data format that is “easily presentable, consistent, and structured”. It is seeking a supplier to undertake a 12-month project to explore the available options.

The winning bidder will be expected to base themselves in Ofsted’s offices at least three days a week. The project will be run from the regulator’s head office in central London, with some work taking place at its Manchester contact centre. 

Bids are open until 25 June via the government’s Digital Marketplace. Up to five suppliers will then be evaluated.

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