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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.

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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.

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Response to Lord Laming’s review of child protection

Christine Gilbert, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, responds to the detail of Lord Laming’s review of the protection of children in England.

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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.

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

The four Life in... reports give an insight into children and young people’s views and experiences of life in various residential settings. A key finding was the positive difference that good staff make to the quality of life of children and young people in their care.

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English and modern foreign languages good practice report for college courses

Identifying good practice: a survey of college provision in English language and literature, and modern foreign languages 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.

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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.

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We inspect and regulate to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.

The new Ofsted brings together the wide experience of four inspectorates to make a greater difference for every child, and for all young people and adult learners, in England. Their educational, economic and social well-being will promote our success as a country.

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Annual Report 2007/08

The report covers the first full year of Ofsted’s wider remit.

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Outstanding Providers 2007/08 events evaluation survey

If you have attended an Outstanding Provider event, then we hope you enjoyed it and found it of value. We want to know what you think, so please do spend a few minutes filling in our short questionnaire.

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Outstanding Providers 2007/08

The list of providers judged to be outstanding following an inspection in 2007/08 is now live. You can view the new list on the link below.

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Early Years: Leading to Excellence

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

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