Inspectors visited 45 secondary schools in February 2010 to find out how students at the end of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 were guided to science courses. The schools were directing most students appropriately to suitable courses at the end of Key Stage 3 and very few students felt that they had been misdirected. Sixth form students chose science partly because of their particular career intentions, but mainly because of their interest in and enjoyment of the subject. They often cited good teaching as a factor that attracted them to science.
This handbook provides guidance on inspection to providers who have contracts with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and for inspectors to use during inspection of those providers. The handbook covers inspections from April 2010. It includes reference to the new common inspection framework 2009 with new guidance on, for example, the inspection of safeguarding and equality and diversity.
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 Good professional development in schools. The report sets out the progress schools are making with regards to the ongoing training of teachers and other staff. Inspectors visited two nursery schools, 13 primary schools, 24 secondary schools and one special school, where previous inspections had indicated that practice in professional development was good or outstanding.
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 Moving through the system. The report shows that the quality of careers information, advice and guidance given to young people varied considerably across England and, in some cases, failed to meet the needs of those most at risk of ending up not in education, employment or training.
In April 2009, Ofsted set up a whistleblowing hotline to enable council employees and others working with children and young people to raise concerns with us about safeguarding practices and procedures. There is evidence from the calls received to date that our stakeholders are not clear about Ofsted’s powers in relation to whistleblowing. This consultation presents a revised draft of our whistleblowing policy and guidance.
The closing date for the consultation is 18 June 2010.
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.
Annual Report 2008/09
The Report principally presents evidence from inspection and regulatory visits undertaken by Ofsted between September 2008 and August 2009.
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.
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Early Years: Leading to Excellence
Ofsted's latest report on early years and childcare focuses on leadership and management.
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