Press and media
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.
- 04 Feb 2011
- Ref no: NR- 2011 02
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
- Ref no: NR- 2011-03
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
- Ref no: NR- 2011-02
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
- Ref no: NR- 2011-01
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
- Ref no: NR- 2010-43
The outcomes of the annual children’s services assessments of local authorities in England for 2010 are published by Ofsted today.
This year’s performance assessments show that 20 councils are providing excellent services, double the number for the previous year. In addition, 77 councils are performing well, with 37 councils rated as providing adequate services. Twelve councils are performing poorly overall. The outcomes for six authorities are not being published today as further inspections are due to take place.
- 09 Dec 2010
- Ref no: NR- 2010-42
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
- Ref no: NR- 2010-40
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
- Ref no: NR- 2010-39
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
- Ref no: NR- 2010-38
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 its latest report published today.
- 03 Nov 2010
- Ref no: NR- 2010-37