Ofsted launches a consultation on the inspection of maintained schools and academies in England.
The changes follow proposals announced in the 2011 Education Bill and aim to re-focus school inspection on what matters most: the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom, backed by excellent leadership and management, and good discipline and behaviour in schools.
The consultation seeks views on the detail of how Ofsted will implement these changes.
The consultation also seeks views on when Ofsted should inspect.
Outstanding schools will no longer be subject to routine inspections unless concerns about their performance are identified, and the consultation asks for views on the factors inspectors should consider when assessing whether an inspection is needed. In addition, it asks for views on plans to carry out more frequent inspections of weaker schools and on the circumstances in which schools may request an inspection.
An Ofsted report, ‘Girls’ career aspirations’, has found that some girls are receiving weak careers education, which is making it difficult for them to make properly informed choices about courses and careers.
The report is based on findings from visits to 16 primary schools, 25 secondary schools, including 13 single-sex girls’ schools, and with female learners from 10 colleges. Inspectors also contacted 36 businesses linked to 12 schools.
Effective numeracy teaching that is built into practical training makes a real difference to young people and adults in their work and personal lives, according to Tackling the challenge of low numeracy skills in young people and adults.
However, weak numeracy provision focused on worksheets and repetitive exercises can leave them both failing to understand mathematical concepts and incapable of applying their learning in their everyday lives.
Children’s Rights Director, Dr Roger Morgan, publishes the third annual Children’s care monitor report, giving children’s assessment of social care in England in 2010.
Of the 1,123 children who responded just over half (53%) of children who are in care or live away from home have a say in what happens to them. And when they are able to voice their views, only 51% said it made a difference to decisions made about their lives, with 15% of children saying that their opinions did not make a difference.
Ofsted launches a consultation on its proposals for inspecting residential provision in boarding and residential special schools.
The changes reflect new national minimum standards being introduced by the government in September 2011.
Ofsted’s aim is to use this opportunity to revise and strengthen the inspection system. The consultation seeks the views of everyone with an interest in boarding and residential special schools.
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.
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