Ofsted publishes report on evaluation of language learning

Standards and achievements in modern language teaching and learning across England's secondary schools have improved but speaking was the least developed skill among pupils, according to a report published today by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

The report, 'The changing landscape of languages, an evaluation of language learning 2004 -2007' highlights what needs to improve if standards in modern languages are to rise. It looks at how well primary schools are developing modern languages and the progress they are making to ensure that all pupils in Key Stage 2 are able to study a language. The report also looks at standards and achievements in secondary schools.

  • 01 Jul 2008

Ofsted publishes evaluation of teacher trainees in response to the Rose Review

Teacher trainees are responding well to recommendations set out in the Rose Review, a new report published today by Ofsted shows.

The report, "Teacher trainees and phonics - An evaluation of the response of providers of initial teacher training to the recommendations of the Rose Review", looks at how the Rose Review has been taken on board by initial teacher training providers in the teaching of early reading skills.

  • 27 Jun 2008

Ofsted report finds that a lack of specialist design and technology teachers means expensive school equipment sometimes lies idle

The Ofsted report 'Education for a technologically advanced nation: Design and Technology in schools 2004/07' found that a lack of specialist trained Design and Technology teachers in some parts of the country results in equipment in some schools lying unused.

  • 25 Jun 2008

Parents want greater involvement in their children's lives when they are in care, says new report

Most parents with a child or children in care think that they are being looked after very well by the local council, but the parents also feel left out of their children’s lives, according to a new report by the Children’s Rights Director for England, Dr Roger Morgan.

  • 20 Jun 2008

Science lessons should be more stimulating, says Ofsted

Science lessons should include a focus on scientific enquiry by getting pupils to do more practical experiments and research and analysis rather than by relying solely on textbooks.

  • 17 Jun 2008

Ofsted report reveals the secrets to a successful journey out of special measures

Strong leadership, self-knowledge and a strong school identity are key to a successful journey out of special measures, according to Ofsted's new report, 'Sustaining Improvement: the journey from special measures'.

  • 13 Jun 2008

Appointment of four new members to the Ofsted Board

Ed Balls, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, recently announced the appointment of four new members to the Ofsted Board. They will join the Chairman, Zenna Atkins, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert and six other non-executive board members.

  • 04 Jun 2008

The services provided by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) in the south east is found to have failings, according to a new Ofsted report

Ofsted has found that, although Cafcass offers a good to adequate service for children involved in public law proceedings, its services in private law proceedings in the region are inadequate.

  • 22 May 2008

Schools and sustainability: A climate for change

Teaching sustainability in schools can help bring the significance of climate change to life and show children that that they each have an important part to play in helping to protect the environment, according to the latest report by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

  • 21 May 2008

Ofsted to carry out inspections on Armed Forces training

Ofsted and the Ministry of Defence have forged a new partnership to ensure recruits and trainees experience a high quality of training, welfare and care in the UK's Armed Forces.

  • 19 Mar 2008