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History a successful subject in schools

History is being taught successfully in schools and most pupils enjoy well-planned lessons that extend their knowledge, challenge their thinking and enhance their understanding, according to an Ofsted report published today. However, whole-school curriculum changes have affected the quality of teaching for 11 to 14 year olds.

The report History for all, based on evidence from inspections of history between April 2007 and March 2010 in 83 primary schools and 83 secondary schools, found history was generally a popular and successfully taught subject.

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Latest inspection outcome figures released

Ofsted has published the results of school inspections carried out during the autumn term 2010. These school inspections were carried out under revised inspection arrangements introduced in September 2009. The new arrangements focus more on weaker schools, with less frequent inspection of the best. Inspectors now spend more time observing teaching and learning in the classroom in order to judge the overall effectiveness of a school.

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Sharing good practice

Ofsted is launching a website area showcasing good practice across the sectors that Ofsted inspects and regulates. It launches on 7 March.

The case studies focus on good practice that other providers can use to improve their work. The site will have examples from schools, adult learning and skills, and children and families services across the country. Examples from early years and childcare will be included from September.

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12 children’s homes help to change the lives of children for the better

Outstanding children’s homes is a report highlighting 12 homes that have excelled in helping improve the lives of children and young people in their care.

The children’s homes selected represent the broad and diverse types of provision across the country. What makes them exceptional is their consistently outstanding performance. Of the 1,439 homes inspected, only 35 succeeded in being judged outstanding at each inspection for three consecutive years.

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New children's homes inspection framework

Inspection of children’s homes is the new inspection framework for all children’s homes in the England. The framework will focus inspection on the quality and impact of services and the outcomes achieved for children and young people.

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Survey on sharing good practice to drive improvement

If you are a provider, Ofsted would like to hear your views about how we share good practice with you. The survey closes on 1 April 2010.

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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.

What we do

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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Inspection reports search

Following the launch of the new inspection reports search in June, we have received feedback from users whose needs are not met by this new search facility. We apologise for this. A new Ofsted website is due in the next few months and we can reassure users that we will use this feedback when designing the new website’s inspection reports search.

We apologise for any inconvenience the current inspection reports search may cause.

Annual Report 2009/10

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The Report principally presents evidence from inspection and regulatory visits undertaken by Ofsted between September 2009 and August 2010.

Read the Annual Report 2009/10

Outstanding Providers 2009/10

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The list of providers judged to be outstanding following an inspection in 2009/10 is now live. You can view the new list on the link below.

The Outstanding Providers list

Safeguarding FAQs

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

Safeguarding FAQS

Ofsted Good Practice

Ofsted Good Practice website

A new service that showcases good practice across all providers that Ofsted inspects and regulates.

Ofsted Good Practice

Early Years: Leading to Excellence

Ofsted's latest report on early years and childcare focuses on leadership and management.

Early Years: Leading to Excellence site

Ofsted News

The latest issue of Ofsted News is January 2011

Find out the latest about inspection in our free online magazine.

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