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Children in care fear being socially stigmatised

Almost 50% of children in care worry about other people knowing their background, mainly because they fear being judged, bullied or treated differently, according to the latest report by Children’s Rights Director for England, Dr Roger Morgan, published today. Care and prejudice surveyed the views of 362 children invited to take part randomly from children’s homes and foster care across the country. The report highlights the views and experiences of children living in care and the prejudices they face as a result of being in care.

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Handbook for inspecting further education and skills from September 2009

Ofsted has published the Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills from September 2009. It provides guidance on inspection for inspectors and will be of use to colleges and providers of further education; work-based learning; adult and community learning; provision funded by the Department for Work and Pensions; and nextstep provision. The handbook covers inspections from September 2009. It includes reference to the new common inspection framework 2009 with new guidance on, for example, the inspection of safeguarding and equality and diversity.

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Ofsted’s new arrangements for inspecting schools under section 5, from September 2009

Ofsted’s new arrangements for inspecting schools from the beginning of September are outlined in several documents on the website. Drafts of these documents were made available during the middle of June but they have now been replaced by the final versions.

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Raising expectations for adult learners

A revised framework for the inspection of the further education and skills sector was launched on 23 July by Ofsted. The framework continues to place a strong focus on learners’ achievements and includes more emphasis on the capacity of providers to make and sustain improvements, so raising expectations for all learners. Inspectors will explore how well organisation leaders and managers promote high ambitions amongst their learners and staff, while arrangements to safeguard learners and promote equality and diversity will receive closer scrutiny.

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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.

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