News Archive

News Archive

Local authorities face many challenges identifying children missing from education

Ofsted’s latest survey highlights the challenges local authorities face in identifying and tracking children who are missing from education. Children missing from education, and whose whereabouts become unknown, not only risk failing academically but are also potentially vulnerable to physical, emotional and psychological harm.

  • 17 Aug 2010

Young people in secure accommodation losing out on chances of rehabilitation

Some children and young people in secure care are being placed as far away as 200 miles from their families, damaging their chances of receiving coordinated support, according to a report published today by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

  • 12 Aug 2010

The majority of social workers say they are receiving good training and line management support

Ofsted’s first national annual survey of social workers’ views, Safeguarding and looked after children, with responses from over 4,000 practitioners, is published today. The survey is issued alongside a report on the views of over 1,500 third sector organisations who provide services for children and young people across most local authorities in England.

These surveys provide a window on the views and experience of front line staff as they work to safeguard and protect children.

  • 28 Jul 2010

Improvements being made in the teaching of personal, social, health and economic education

Most schools are equipping children and young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly, a report published by Ofsted today has found.

  • 23 Jul 2010

Targeted support from local authorities and their partners helps vulnerable young people

Targeted support from local authorities and their partners is helping to meet the needs of vulnerable young people, according to a report published today by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. However, the report finds that local authorities have made limited progress in involving voluntary, community and private groups in providing youth services, and that the focus on providing services for ‘at risk’ young people risked undermining the youth activities available to all young people.

  • 20 Jul 2010

Equipping people with the skills for work – Ofsted highlights the ingredients of work-based learning success

An Ofsted report published today showcases 12 outstanding work-based learning providers that excel at providing apprenticeships, NVQs and other vocational qualifications for young people and adults.

  • 14 Jul 2010

Schools show encouraging progress in promoting healthy eating

An Ofsted report on food in schools launched today shows that most pupils have a good understanding of what makes up a healthy diet. It also finds that in the majority of schools visited, food is attractive, nutritious and well prepared.

  • 25 Jun 2010

Zenna Atkins steps down as Ofsted Chairman

Zenna Atkins has today announced her intention to stand down from her position as Chairman of Ofsted as of 31 August 2010. Her decision has been notified to the Secretary of State for Education.

  • 25 Jun 2010

More information and understanding about home education needed

Local authorities need more information and understanding about home education to provide effective support for children educated at home, a report published by Ofsted today reveals.

  • 17 Jun 2010

Latest inspection outcome figures released

Ofsted today released official data showing outcomes for the first two terms of the new school inspection framework which was introduced in September last year. The new inspection regime reflects Ofsted’s continued drive to focus inspection where it is most needed, with earlier inspection and greater attention on weaker schools, and less frequent inspection of the best.

  • 16 Jun 2010