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The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2008/09

A picture of overall improvement in care, education and skills in England is revealed in Ofsted’s Annual Report, launched on 24 November 2009 by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert. Bringing together powerful evidence from almost 40,000 inspections carried out during 2008/9, the report acknowledges overall progress and many successes, but also focuses on where improvements must still be made.

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Over a thousand children in care voice their experiences of the care system

A year on from the first national annual survey of children’s views of being in care or living in residential education and the picture in the second annual survey is a mixed one. Over nine out of ten children (92%) feel safe in the home they live in and 90% thought their care was good. However, over three quarters of children in care (76%) have been separated from brothers and sisters who live in different care placements and one in five (20%) continue to be bullied for being in care. The report, Children’s care monitor 2009, is produced by the Children’s Rights Director for England, Dr Roger Morgan.

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Twelve outstanding special schools - excelling through inclusion

Twelve outstanding special schools - Excelling through inclusion showcases 12 outstanding special schools that excel at providing for very vulnerable children and young people. It shows how these schools deal with complex special educational needs, behavioural difficulties, disabilities and pupils excluded from mainstream schools.

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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.

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.

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.

The closing date for the consultation is 29 December 2009.

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Annual Report 2008/09


The Report principally presents evidence from inspection and regulatory visits undertaken by Ofsted between September 2008 and August 2009.

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Outstanding Providers 2008/09


The list of providers judged to be outstanding following an inspection in 2008/09 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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