Family contact is lost the longer children stay in care

The longer children stay in care the more likely that all contacts with their parents, siblings, grandparents and friends are lost. Once children have been in care for over two years, they have much less contact with their birth family and for those who have been in care for over six years all contact is most likely to be lost.

  • 17 Dec 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-57

Education for sustainable development is making a difference

Ofsted has today released the findings of a three-year inspection programme looking at improvement in education for sustainable development in a selection of schools.

  • 16 Dec 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-56

Focus on gifted pupils and the whole school benefits

Having an effective programme in place for gifted and talented pupils is not elitist. Schools that ensure all pupils, including gifted and talented, are suitably challenged find that all pupils benefit, according to a report published today by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

  • 11 Dec 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-55

Ofsted publishes 2009 children’s services rating

Ofsted today publishes the outcomes of the new annual children’s services ratings which look at performance in 152 local authorities in England for 2009.

The annual children’s services rating is a wide-ranging and robust assessment of the outcomes for children and young people in every local authority area which is strongly based on the evidence from inspections. The rating provides a picture of services for children in a local area drawn from a wide range of local services and settings. It places an emphasis on the direct observation of professional practice – including inspection of child protection services and safeguarding, childcare, schools, children’s social care and provision in the learning and skills sector.

  • 09 Dec 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-54

Over a thousand children in care voice their experiences of the care system

A year on from the first national annual survey of children’s views of being in care or living in residential education and the picture is a mixed one. Over nine out of ten children (92%) feel safe in the home they live in and 90% thought their care was good. However, over three quarters of children in care (76%) have been separated from brothers and sisters who live in different care placements and one in five (20%) continue to be bullied for being in care.

  • 03 Dec 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-53

The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2008/09

A picture of overall improvement in care, education and skills in England is revealed in Ofsted’s Annual Report, launched today by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert.

Bringing together powerful evidence from almost 40,000 inspections carried out during 2008/9, the report acknowledges overall progress and many successes, but also focuses on where improvements must still be made.

  • 24 Nov 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-51

Twelve outstanding special schools - excelling through inclusion

An Ofsted report published today showcases 12 outstanding special schools that excel at providing for very vulnerable children and young people. It shows how these schools deal with complex special educational needs, behavioural difficulties, disabilities and pupils excluded from mainstream schools.

  • 20 Nov 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-50

Children in care tell the Children’s Minister to give us our voice, a choice and remember we are individual people

Being separated from your siblings and losing touch with them, not being adequately supported by social workers and often moving from one carer to the next are just some of the concerns voiced by children in care, in a report published today that gives first-hand accounts of their experiences.

  • 16 Nov 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-49

Gaining from Training – Train to Gain brings benefits but room for improvement remains

Train to Gain continues to give employees the opportunity to secure nationally recognised qualifications and improves their motivation in the workplace, according to an Ofsted review published today. However, the report also reveals too few employees are completing qualifications on time and there is insufficient provision to allow employees to progress to higher-level awards at the equivalent of A level. Skills for Life provision, which includes support for employees’ basic skills in language, literacy and numeracy, continues to be a key area for improvement as identified in the earlier report.

  • 06 Nov 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-48

Faith schools prepare pupils to be good citizens

Independent faith schools give pupils a strong sense of personal worth and help them understand the importance of being a good citizen according to a report published today by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

The report, Independent faith schools, reveals that in all 51 independent faith schools visited this was nurtured through their ethos, the curriculum and in regular individual and communal prayers and thanksgiving.

  • 22 Oct 2009
  • Ref no: NR- 2009-47