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Geography declining in schools - Ofsted

A polarised picture of school geography teaching has emerged from an Ofsted report launched today. While geography was flourishing in a minority of the schools visited by inspectors, it was found to be under pressure in the rest.

  • 03 Feb 2011

Ofsted welcomes Munro review interim findings

Ofsted today welcomed the Munro Review and the proposals both for the children’s social work field and for the inspection of these services. We endorse the importance placed on prevention and early intervention as well as services focused on those children identified as being at risk.

  • 01 Feb 2011

Multiple barriers prevent children and learners from acquiring literacy skills – Ofsted

An Ofsted report launched today looking at the barriers to good literacy shows that poor development of speaking and listening skills at an early age is holding children back from learning to read and write.

  • 21 Jan 2011

School children limited by lack of opportunities to speak and listen to modern languages

Primary schools are making good progress in introducing languages to children, but there are significant barriers to good language learning in secondary schools, according to a report published today by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. These obstacles include insufficient use of the chosen language in lessons and a drop in the numbers studying languages.

  • 11 Jan 2011

Ofsted finds science improving in secondary schools

The quality of science education has improved over the past three years but there are areas that need further improvement, particularly in primary schools, Ofsted reports today. Ofsted’s report, Successful science, also highlights best practice and it is clear that the best science education has scientific enquiry and other aspects of ‘how science works’ at its heart.

  • 07 Jan 2011

Scheme to improve London schools is working – Ofsted

The London Challenge school improvement programme set up in 2003, has continued to improve outcomes for pupils in London schools at a faster rate than nationally, according to a report launched by Ofsted today.

  • 10 Dec 2010

Ofsted publishes 2010 children’s services assessments

The outcomes of the annual children’s services assessments of local authorities in England for 2010 are published by Ofsted today.

  • 09 Dec 2010

Leading schools to improve teaching

The best leadership in schools focuses on improving teaching and learning with headteachers seeing this as their core business. Common characteristics of the best leadership include honest self-evaluation and leadership shared across the school.

  • 03 Dec 2010

The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2009/10

Most children in England get a good start in life. Over two thirds of providers in the early years and childcare sector are judged to be good or outstanding. There is strong provision, too, in the education and skills sectors. Children and young people are generally well supported by local services when they need them. However, the quality of teaching in schools and colleges is still too variable, Ofsted reported today.

  • 23 Nov 2010

Reading by six: how the best schools do it – Ofsted

The best primary schools teach virtually all their children to read, regardless of their social and economic background, ethnicity, language spoken at home, special needs and disability – an Ofsted report launched today reveals.

  • 14 Nov 2010

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