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E-learning: fulfilling its potential in the adult learning sector?

This survey report examines e-learning through the lens of inspection. It is intended to raise awareness of how e-learning can improve teaching, learning and achievement in the adult learning and skills sector.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20071011
  • ALI

Early years: Leading to excellence

Leading to excellence: a review of childcare and early education provision 2005–08 is the third review of inspections of registered childcare and early education. This year, the report focuses on how well settings – such as nurseries and childminders – are organised, led and managed to promote positive outcomes for children and ensure they progress well.

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  • 27 Aug 2008
  • Ref 080046
  • Ofsted

Educating the very able: current international research

The aim of this report is to provide up-to-date research findings about the development and education of very able pupils, and so improve communication between researchers and those who make and carry out practical educational decisions.

Read the full report

  • 23 Apr 1998
  • TSO
  • ISBN 0-11-350100-5

Effective youth services: good practice

In January 2004, Ofsted began a four-year programme to inspect all local authority youth services. The main aim of the report is to provide case studies of the good practice seen during the first year of the programme and to contribute to the further improvement of provision. The report also provides a commentary on the characteristics of successful youth services and reflects on weaknesses which persist across the sector.

  • 21 Jul 2005
  • Ref 2445
  • Ofsted

Engagement with Ofsted: a report on the responses to consultation

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 requires us to carry out our work in ways that encourage the services we inspect and regulate to be user focused. In response to this duty, a new user and stakeholder engagement strategy has been developed. The development of this strategy has been shaped by consulting with a wide range of Ofsted’s users, providers and stakeholders between February and June 2008. This report outlines the responses to the consultation.

  • 16 Dec 2008
  • Ref 080297
  • Ofsted

Entry to Employment - looking back over the first year and forward to the future

ALI began surveying Entry to Employment (E2E) in August 2003, just as this new programme got off the ground.


Entry to Employment looks at what has worked and what has not. It provides pointers to the further development of this important addition to the progression options for young people.

New horizons is a follow-up survey.

  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Ref 20071012
  • Ofsted

ESOL in the post-compulsory learning and skills sector an evaluation

This survey evaluates the quality of provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) offered in the post-compulsory learning and skills sector and reports on the programmes available to learners.

  • 03 Oct 2008
  • Ref 070229
  • Ofsted

Estates strategy

Our teams think carefully about the likely equality impact of their work and will take action to improve strategies, policies and projects, where appropriate. Equality impact assessments (EIA) like this provide a tool to help them do this.

You can find more on the EIA homepage.

  • 16 Oct 2008
  • Ofsted

Evaluation of the Primary and Secondary National Strategies

The Primary and Secondary National Strategies have been in place for over six years. They are intended to help improve teaching and learning and to raise achievement. This report reviews progress since 2005 and evaluates the quality of transition from primary to secondary schools, with a particular focus on the continuity of learning. It evaluates the support which local authorities provide for schools to implement the National Strategies. The survey found that the impact of the National Strategies was good in around half of the schools inspected. However, in around 1 in 10 of the schools its effectiveness was seriously limited by weak leadership. There was too little continuity of learning for pupils as they moved to secondary school. Local authorities provided generally good support to schools.

  • 18 Feb 2008
  • Ref 070033
  • Ofsted