Press and media

Statement from Christine Gilbert, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector on the outcome of the Judicial Review

'You will appreciate that we have only just received the judgement and we need to study it in detail but I am pleased that the Judge’s conclusion is clear: Ofsted’s inspection process has been vindicated.

Ofsted takes its role in inspecting the protection arrangements for vulnerable children very seriously. I am pleased, therefore, that the Judge has found in our favour in this judicial review. We carried out a robust inspection, came to a sound conclusion based on the evidence and acted fairly.'

  • 23 Apr 2010
  • Ref no: NR- 2010-17

The best schools use professional development to help drive improvement

The best schools are excellent at developing their staff and are highly effective in using continuing professional development as a way to help bring about improved standards at their school, according to a report published today by Ofsted.

  • 26 Mar 2010
  • Ref no: NR- 2010-16

Ofsted finds careers advice is still hit and miss

Not all young people are getting good careers advice and this is leaving them at risk of making poorly informed choices about their future, according to a report published today by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

  • 23 Mar 2010
  • Ref no: NR- 2010-15

Tackling the NEET problem – how local authorities are getting young people back into education, employment and training

While the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training continues to rise, a report published today by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, shows that local authorities can make a big impact on reducing the number of young people in this category.

  • 17 Mar 2010
  • Ref no: NR- 2010-14

New inspection framework promoting improvement for schools and children

Ofsted today releases the official data showing inspection outcomes for the first four months of the new inspection framework. The findings reflect Ofsted’s sharper focus on weaker schools and confirm that by emphasising the overall achievement of all pupils, in particular their progress as well as the quality of classroom teaching and learning, Ofsted is providing the additional challenge to schools that the new inspections were intended to provide.

  • 10 Mar 2010
  • Ref no: NR- 2010-13

The best childcare now gives children a brighter future

High-quality childcare is important for all children, but it can make all the difference for children in need.

The best childcare makes an important contribution to the lives of children in need by identifying their specific requirements early on and helping them to get the right support.

  • 08 Mar 2010
  • Ref no: NR- 2010-12

Children tell us having rights means having responsibilities

Protection from abuse, a right to an education and to be helped to keep alive and well are just some of the most important rights that children want all young people to have. Along with having rights children have also expressed the view that this comes with responsibilities.

  • 04 Mar 2010
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-10

Birmingham hosts celebration for outstanding schools recognised by Ofsted Chief Inspector

Birmingham played host to 220 headteachers in a celebratory event organised by Ofsted to recognise outstanding schools in England yesterday (Tuesday 2 March 2010).

  • 03 Mar 2010
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-11

Ofsted confirms appointment of early years inspection contractors

Ofsted has today confirmed the appointment of the two companies chosen to undertake day to day inspection and registration visits.

  • 25 Feb 2010
  • Ref no: NR- 2010-08

The impact of the National Strategies in education – Ofsted

Ofsted today published a report, The National Strategies: a review of impact, in advance of new arrangements due to replace the National Strategies in 2011. It identifies lessons from programmes ranging from literacy and numeracy, to pupil behaviour and the development of a more highly skilled workforce.

  • 24 Feb 2010
  • Ref no: NR- 2010-07