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Highly effective leaders with true commitment to partnership working lead to better outcomes for children and young people

Strong partnership working across agencies, led by highly effective leaders with commitment and drive, can bring real change and improvement for children and young people in their area, finds Ofsted in Improving outcomes for children and young people through partnership in Children’s Trusts. This is a small-scale survey of six local authorities evaluating the impact of Children’s Trusts on improving the lives of children and young people, particularly those whose circumstances made them potentially vulnerable. The report identifies best practice and provides detailed case studies of effective partnership work within the six Children’s Trusts.

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Children going into care

The experiences of children placed into care are revealed in Before care. Among the experiences are many children not knowing that they are going into care until it actually happens and then having no choice about where they are going to live. Of 28 children who did not know they were going into care, 18 were emergency admissions. Before care, the latest report by Children’s Rights Director for England, Dr Roger Morgan, is a small but significant survey of 50 children, from different authorities across the country, who recently entered the care system. It provides first hand accounts of children’s experiences before entering care and raises concerns about how ill informed and unprepared some children are when they come into care.

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Learning lessons from serious case reviews 2009-2010

Ofsted’s latest serious case review report, Learning lessons from serious case reviews 2009-2010, is Illustrated with detailed case studies. The report looks at 147 serious case reviews (SCRs) evaluated by Ofsted between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010. SCRs are local enquiries into the death or serious injury of a child where abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor.

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Learners motivated by practical learning in Diplomas

Diplomas are enthusing learners but weaknesses remain, according to Diplomas: the second year. Some aspects of the Diploma – especially the main subject content known as ‘principal learning’ – are working well, but the qualification as a whole is proving complex and challenging for both learners and providers.

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Apprenticeships: trainers and employers can learn from the best – Ofsted

More apprentices are completing their training programmes, and finishing them more quickly, when they have been carefully screened and tested for selection and given taster courses at school, according to Learning from the best: examples of best practice from providers of apprenticeships in underperforming vocational areas.

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Future arrangements for school self-evaluation forms

You may have seen the Secretary of State’s recent announcement, which confirmed that the school self-evaluation form (SEF) for maintained schools is to be withdrawn with effect from September 2011.

This will mean that the Ofsted school information and evaluation form for independent schools (SIEF) will also be withdrawn at the same time. Inspectors will continue to make full use of the SEF and SIEF during school inspections which take place during the present academic year.

We will consider carefully how inspectors will manage school inspections when the SEF has been withdrawn, as part of work to develop a new school inspection framework during the coming year. We will be consulting on the development of the new framework during the next few weeks; this will provide an opportunity to explore the implications of conducting inspections without a common summative self-evaluation form. We will also explore the implications of conducting inspections without the SIEF with independent schools.

It will, of course, be important that both maintained and independent schools continue to review their performance.

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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.

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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


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

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Our safeguarding FAQs are divided into three sections: schools and colleges; learning and skills providers; Cafcass service areas.

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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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