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Twenty outstanding primary schools excelling against the odds

Twenty outstanding primary schools - Excelling against the odds highlights Ofsted's commitment to raising standards and improving lives. The report showcases outstanding schools where children in disadvantaged communities reach high standards. It is a learning tool and source of information for best practice.

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Helping teachers sing from the same song sheet

Two valuable new aids, Making more of music: improving the quality of music teaching in primary/secondary schools, for teachers of music are being launched by Ofsted as part of the Year of Music.

The booklets highlight the aspects of effective teaching, and present them in a chart which describes the satisfactory, good and outstanding features seen in Ofsted’s music inspections.

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Collaboration is the key for 14–19 year olds

Schools, colleges and employers working in partnership are key to widening options for 14–19 year olds and successfully introducing the new Diplomas, according to Implementation of 14–19 reforms, including the introduction of Diplomas. The report reveals that Her Majesty’s Inspectors found a mixed picture, but with positive features, at this relatively early stage in the Diploma programmes.

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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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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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