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Weaknesses remain in the teaching of RE in schools

Ofsted’s latest survey on religious education finds that in many of the schools visited RE was no better than satisfactory, and in some cases inadequate, because teachers are unsure about what they are trying to achieve in the subject. Transforming religious education showed that because the curriculum for RE is determined locally, there is wide variability in the quantity and quality of support provided to schools by local authorities and relevant advisory councils.

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Young people leaving the justice system unprepared for outside world

Children and young people are suffering as a result of variable standards of support when moving into and out of custody, according to Transition through detention and custody. While their achievements in custody provide the first experience of educational success for many young people, the report highlights how poor initial assessment of learning needs and insufficient preparation for independent living leaves children and young people ill-equipped for outside life.

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Guidance for students studying science

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.

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Handbook for the inspection of DWP contracted employment provision from April 2010

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.

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Whistleblowing to Ofsted about local authority safeguarding services

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.

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Annual Report 2008/09

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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


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