Ofsted publishes 2008 Annual Performance Assessments

Ofsted today publishes the outcomes of the 2008 Annual Performance Assessments (APAs) conducted across 147 local authorities in England.

  • 17 Dec 2008
  • Ref no: NR- 2008-43

Haringey requires urgent action to ensure vulnerable children are properly protected

Ofsted has today presented the findings from the joint investigation looking at safeguarding children in the London Borough of Haringey to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. The report calls on the government to provide immediate support to Haringey Council to ensure that full and effective safeguarding arrangements for children and young people are established.

  • 01 Dec 2008
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Urgent action needed to improve serious case review system

Ofsted is calling for urgent action to reform the serious case review system which was set up to ensure that lessons are learnt when a child dies or is seriously injured as a result of abuse or neglect.

  • 01 Dec 2008
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Business education lessons need to be more ‘inspiring’ and ‘hands-on’, says Ofsted

Young people are eager to learn about business and economics, but their keenness is not always matched by the quality of teaching they receive, which too often is ‘thorough but uninspiring’ and fails to bring a real sense of excitement to learning.

  • 26 Nov 2008
  • Ref no: NR- 2008-40

The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2007/08

Too many children and young people are receiving services that are ‘patently inadequate’ – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds – despite broad improvements across schools, children’s services and further education.

  • 19 Nov 2008
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Train to Gain brings benefits – but more employers need to be involved

A new report by Ofsted concludes that the Train to Gain programme is successful in giving employees the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications and improving their motivation in the workplace. However, inspections reveal that employers have been slow to take advantage of funding, while some employees aren’t always getting the skills development they need.

  • 07 Nov 2008
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Pupils benefit from workforce reforms, says new Ofsted report

Pupils are benefiting from school workforce reforms which have seen the introduction of staff from a wider range of backgrounds, skills and life experiences, according to a new report published by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

The report - The deployment, training and development of the wider school workforce – suggests that learning mentors and higher level teaching assistants are among the roles that have made a positive impact on pupils’ achievement, especially among those likely to truant, underachieve, or be excluded from school. They also played a valuable role in reaching out to parents previously reluctant to come into school or who weren’t sure how to help their children.

  • 05 Nov 2008
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Proposals would focus inspections where they have the greatest impact, says Ofsted consultation

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) is launching a new consultation document today that proposes a more focused approach to inspection of the further education (FE) and skills system.

Under the new proposals, Ofsted would focus inspections on providers and issues which would have the greatest impact on improving outcomes for learners. The frequency and type of inspection would be guided by the perceived capacity of colleges and other providers to improve.

  • 04 Nov 2008
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Majority of youngsters are happy - new survey finds - but many worry about bullying, drink and drugs

A major new survey of almost 150,000 10 to 15 year-olds in England reveals that a large majority are happy, healthy and feel safe in their schools and local areas – but almost half are worried about their future.

  • 28 Oct 2008
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Youngsters want more internet protection, says new report

Children living away from home, or using social care services, want to feel safer online, be protected from unsuitable sites and have adult supervision, highlights a new report published today by the Children’s Rights Director for England, Dr Roger Morgan.

  • 24 Oct 2008
  • Ref no: NR- 2008-34