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Learning lessons from School Sport Partnerships

An Ofsted report 'School Sport Partnerships', picking out the lessons learned from School Sport Partnerships, says schools should build strong partnerships with sports clubs, community groups and other local organisations to stimulate participation and competition in the variety of PE and sports on offer and engage children at risk of adopting unhealthy lifestyles.

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New official statistics

Ofsted has released its first official statistics about the outcomes of inspections in learning and skills providers, social care providers and children's centres.

They provide a summary of the key findings about inspections which took place between January and March 2011 as well as useful tables of summary statistics, graphs to show trends and the base dataset. They represent a significant step forward in Ofsted releasing more information more often about the outcomes of inspections..

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Education committee publishes responses on report into work of Ofsted

Ofsted welcomes the publication today by the Education Committee - The role and performance of Ofsted: Responses from the Government and Ofsted to the Second Report of the Committee, Session 2010-12.

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Off-site education for children at risk of exclusion needs better monitoring - Ofsted

Alternative provision outside school, which is used to prevent exclusion and re-engage students in their education, should be better monitored by schools and pupil referral units so it can be used more effectively, according to an Ofsted report.

The report, ‘Alternative provision’, finds that in many cases staff visit infrequently or sometimes not at all to check on children’s progress. Often students spend much of their week away from school attending alternative, off-site provision. But there are currently very limited safeguards to ensure such provision is of good quality.

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Ofsted - Latest school inspection outcome figures released

Ofsted has published the results of school inspections carried out during the autumn term and spring terms 2010/11.

The inspections were carried out under arrangements introduced in September 2009 that focus more on weaker schools, with less frequent inspection of the outstanding schools. Inspectors have placed more emphasis on observation of teaching and learning in the classroom and its impact on pupils’ progress to judge a school’s overall effectiveness.

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Vocational courses failing to develop students’ understanding of business

An Ofsted report on economics, business and enterprise education has found that some students achieving good results on vocational business courses are failing to develop appropriate levels of knowledge, understanding and higher level skills.

The report, ‘Economics, business and enterprise education’ draws on evidence from lesson observations, scrutiny of written work and discussion with students and brings into question the case for claiming that such courses are equivalent to between two and four single award, traditionally examined GCSEs at Key Stage 4.

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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.

Schools wishing to keep a copy of their data and information must save a copy by 21 July 2011.

Instructions for schools on saving a copy of their SEF or SIEF

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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