Latest evaluation of 173 serious case reviews (SCRs) has found that local areas are learning lessons from cases when a child dies or is seriously injured as a result of abuse or neglect. Learning lessons from serious case reviews: year 2 has found 23% of reviews are judged good and 43% adequate. However, weaknesses still exist with over a third of reviews (34%) judged as inadequate. Even more needs to be done to ensure the review process improves the way children are protected from harm across the country.
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.
Ofsted is reviewing arrangements for the inspection of adult and community learning to ensure that they are coherent and well matched to the needs of the user and the quality of the service, and that they develop our ability to target inspection where it will make the most difference. This consultation outlines how we propose to develop and use the common inspection framework to focus on improvement in adult and community learning and to ensure inspections for providers who offer a range of programmes are coherent.
The closing date for the consultation is 29 December 2009.
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.
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.
We inspect and regulate to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.
The new Ofsted brings together the wide experience of four inspectorates to make a greater difference for every child, and for all young people and adult learners, in England. Their educational, economic and social well-being will promote our success as a country.
Annual Report 2007/08
The report covers the first full year of Ofsted’s wider remit.
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.
Early Years: Leading to Excellence
Ofsted's latest report on early years and childcare focuses on leadership and management.
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