As part of its remit to inspect the providers of vocational training, Ofsted has embarked on a program of 5-day, no-notice inspections of strip clubs and lapdancing venues. ‘Many girls start in these establishments with very poor pole skills.’ said chief inspector Michael Forleish.
‘Clubs such as Spearmint Rhino are effectively centres of work-based learning, developing the skill-base of their performers while giving them real-life experience. It is my job to ensure that training is to a proper standard and I will not rest until every establishment in the land is up to scratch.’
Although the scheme has drawn fierce criticism from the general public, Forleish is vehement in his defence. ‘I have no problem in justifying my intense inspection of the Naughty Pussycat Club in Soho to the taxpayer. Unless the taxpayer happens to be my wife, in which case I’m checking up on a special needs school in Fife and won’t be back for a fortnight.’