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Gaining from Training – Train to Gain brings benefits but room for improvement remains

Ofsted has published a review of the impact of Train to Gain. The impact of Train to Gain on skills in employment: a review to follow up the 2007/08 survey finds that Train to Gain continues to give employees the opportunity to secure nationally recognised qualifications and improves their motivation in the workplace. The report also reveals too few employees are completing qualifications on time and there is insufficient provision to allow employees to progress to higher-level awards at the equivalent of A- level.

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Faith schools prepare pupils to be good citizens

Independent faith schools give pupils a strong sense of personal worth and help them understand the importance of being a good citizen according to Independent faith schools. The report reveals that in all 51 independent faith schools visited this was nurtured through their ethos, the curriculum and in regular individual and communal prayers and thanksgiving.

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Proposals for the inspection of Department for Work and Pensions contracted employment provision from 2010

Ofsted is reviewing arrangements for the inspection of the Department for Work and Pensions contracted employment provision to ensure that they are coherent and well matched to the needs of the user, the quality of the service, and that they develop our ability to target inspection where it will make the most difference.

The closing date for the consultation is 29 January 2010.

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Complaints about Ofsted’s work: proposed improvements to the process

Ofsted is reviewing arrangements for the handling and investigation of concerns about our work and the conduct of our staff. We want to ensure that our approaches are closely matched to the needs of those making complaints.

The closing date for the consultation is 13 January 2010.

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Proposals for adult and community learning inspections from 2010

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.

The closing date for the consultation is 29 December 2009.

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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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What we do

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.

Our Ofsted: who we are and what we do leaflet and two Raising standards, improving lives booklets explain what we do and how our work is helping to improve outcomes for children and learners. They are available in About us.

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Annual Report 2007/08

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

Read the Annual Report 2007/08

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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Ofsted News

Find out the latest about inspection in our free online magazine.

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Subscribe to talisman, the newspaper for the Learning and Skills sector.

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