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Opening remarks to Children, Schools and Families Select Committee by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills

Christine Gilbert HMCI gave oral evidence to the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee of the House of Commons. She was joined on the panel of witnesses by Directors Michael Hart (Children), Vanessa Howlison (Finance), and Miriam Rosen (Education). This Committee Hearing is one of two appearances that HMCI is required to make before the Committee each year, and an opportunity for MPs to ensure that Ofsted is directly accountable to Parliament and the public at large.

The Committee members – representing all three major political parties and chaired by Barry Sheerman MP – questioned the witnesses on the full range of Ofsted’s work. The meeting generally opens with the Chairman inviting HMCI to make a brief introductory statement. This news article reproduces these opening remarks.

  • 10 Dec 2008

New Ofsted report takes a look at Virtual Learning Environments

The report, Virtual learning environments: an evaluation of their development in a sample of educational settings, published today, shows that despite expectations the use of Virtual Learning Environments across schools and colleges has been slow to take off.

  • 13 Jan 2009

Lack of progression means missed opportunities for learners in prison

Two new reports published by Ofsted, Learning and skills for offenders serving short custodial sentences and Learning and skills for the longer serving offender, evaluate learning programmes for prisoners serving sentences of less than one year, and greater than four years respectively.

  • 20 Jan 2009

Haringey and serious case reviews reports published today

Ofsted has today presented the findings from the joint investigation looking at safeguarding children in the London Borough of Haringey to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. We have also published today Learning lessons, taking action: Ofsted’s evaluations of serious case reviews 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008; this report outlines practice issues raised by Ofsted’s first year of evaluating serious case reviews.

  • 01 Dec 2008

Business education lessons need to be more ‘inspiring’ and ‘hands-on’, says Ofsted

Young people are eager to learn about business and economics, but their keenness is not always matched by the quality of teaching they receive, which too often is ‘thorough but uninspiring’ and fails to bring a real sense of excitement to learning.

These were the findings of a report, ‘Developing young people’s economic and business understanding’ published today by Ofsted - the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

  • 26 Nov 2008

The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2007/08

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills, Christine Gilbert, launched her Annual Report on Wednesday 19 November.

  • 19 Nov 2008

Train to Gain brings benefits – but more employers need to be involved

The report, The impact of Train to Gain on skills in employment, published today by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), evaluates training given to more than 13,000 employees.

  • 07 Nov 2008

Pupils benefit from workforce reforms, says new Ofsted report

Pupils are benefiting from school workforce reforms which have seen the introduction of staff from a wider range of backgrounds, skills and life experiences, according to a new report published by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

  • 05 Nov 2008

Proposals would focus inspections where they have the greatest impact, says Ofsted consultation

A new consultation launched today proposes a more focused approach to inspection of the further education (FE) and skills system.

Under the new proposals, Ofsted would focus inspections on providers and issues which would have the greatest impact on improving outcomes for learners. The frequency and type of inspection would be guided by the perceived capacity of colleges and other providers to improve.

  • 04 Nov 2008

Majority of youngsters are happy, new survey finds, but many worry about bullying, drink and drugs

A major new survey of almost 150,000 10 to 15 year-olds in England reveals that a large majority are happy, healthy and feel safe in their schools and local areas – but almost half are worried about their future. The annual Tellus3 survey of children and young people published today also found that bullying was still a problem, and that smoking, drinking and drugs remain concerns.

  • 28 Oct 2008

Leading to excellence

Ofsted's latest report on early years and childcare focuses on leadership and management.

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