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Report paints a mixed picture of opportunity and achievement in art, craft and design in schools

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, according to a report published today by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. However, these experiences were rarely available to all pupils, the report, Drawing together: art, craft and design in schools, reveals.

  • 24 Apr 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-27

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
  • Ref no: NR- 299-24

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
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-23

Colleges challenged to break the language barrier

A new report highlights the best English and modern foreign language provision in colleges, placing an emphasis on cultural activities and employer links.

  • 03 Apr 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-22

Working towards 2012 and beyond: how a wider curriculum and increased funding boosts pupils’ achievement in physical education

Mountain biking, dance, martial arts, and yoga are putting physical education (PE) back in favour with a generation of pupils whose experience of the subject bears no relation to the stereotype of suffering sport in the rain. That is one of the main conclusions of a report published today by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

  • 01 Apr 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-21