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Good authorities can make a real difference for young people leaving care

Flexible individual support, high aspirations and a commitment from social care staff are successfully helping young people leaving care make the transition into adulthood and independence, according to Support for care leavers.

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English at the crossroads

Standards in English in schools are improving but not rising fast enough, according to an Ofsted report. The report, English at the crossroads, shows that effective schools have strong direction from leaders who understand the subject’s importance and place it at the centre of their drive for improvement.

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Early days but generally positive start for new key stage 3 curriculum

Teachers are generally positive about curriculum changes which have allowed them to be more creative in their teaching, according to Planning for change: The impact of the new Key Stage 3 curriculum.

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The school’s approach is key to avoiding exclusion of young children

The school’s philosophy, a supportive and stable school environment, and strong relationships between the school and parents are important factors in preventing very young children from being excluded from school, according to The exclusion from school of children aged four to seven.

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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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Annual Report 2007/08

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

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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.

The Outstanding Providers list

Early Years: Leading to Excellence

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

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