Archive of news items by year and month.

2009 childcare complaints commitment

The complaints commitment relates to complaints made against registered childminders and childcare providers.

Our commitment will give parents and carers easy, quick and up-to-date access to complaints information; they will no longer have to wait for an inspection to take place.

  • 08 May 2009

Ofsted responses to Laming inquiry and Singleton report

Today sees the publication of Ofsted responses to Lord Laming’s inquiry The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report and to Sir Roger Singleton’s report Keeping Our Children Safe, a review of safeguarding arrangements in independent schools, non-maintained special schools and boarding schools in England.

  • 06 May 2009

Three reports on APAs and JARs

Three reports on annual performance assessments and joint area reviews are published today.

  • 30 Apr 2009

A mixed picture of opportunity and achievement in school art, craft and design

Opportunities to work with an inspiring teacher, a visiting artist or in an art gallery can have an immediate and lasting impact on pupils’ creative aspirations and achievement, says Drawing together: art, craft and design in schools. However, these experiences were rarely available to all pupils, the report reveals.

  • 24 Apr 2009

Evaluation of pilot inspections for maintained schools

New inspection arrangements for maintained schools will be introduced in September 2009. A large-scale pilot programme took place in the autumn term 2008.

  • 17 Apr 2009

Teachers welcome inspection and observation in school

An independent survey of teachers’ views on Ofsted’s inspections of schools has found that almost 90% of teachers think that inspection helps their schools set new priorities for the future. 84% think it is important that their lessons are observed by inspectors.

  • 09 Apr 2009

Staff make a real difference to children and young people’s experiences of life in residential care

Four reports published today give an insight into children and young people’s views and experiences of life in various residential settings.

A key finding in all four reports was the positive difference that good staff make to the quality of life of children and young people in their care.

  • 07 Apr 2009

Ofsted publishes English and modern foreign languages good practice report for college courses

The survey looks at the best English and modern foreign language provision in colleges, placing an emphasis on effective teaching and team-working, study visits and cultural activities, and overseas work placements through employer links.

  • 03 Apr 2009

Whistleblower hotline pilot

Ofsted is piloting a whistleblower hotline. The hotline will enable council employees and those working with young children to report concerns about practices and procedures for the safeguarding of children and young people.

  • 01 Apr 2009

Working towards 2012 and beyond: boosting pupils’ achievement in PE

Physical Education in Schools 2005/8: working towards 2012 and beyond has a positive picture for PE and school sport. Mountain biking, dance, martial arts, and yoga are putting PE back in favour with pupils.

  • 01 Apr 2009

Leading to excellence

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

Read the report

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