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Raising the bar for child protection

No notice inspections proposed as Ofsted puts the child’s experience at the heart of local children’s service inspection

Ofsted launched a consultation on changes to the inspection of local authority children’s services. The proposals focus on the child’s journey as a key element in the inspection of child protection and for children in care. Through inspection, the changes aim to improve the services children receive and how these impact on their lives. It is proposed that inspection will look at all stages of a child’s experience from early intervention right through to when a child is referred to the children’s social care services and on to their exit from the child protection system. Direct observation of services in action, including interactions with children and families, will be a key part of the new system. Inspection will also consider whether the quality of early help could have prevented the child from entering the child protection system in the first place and the impact of the failure to provide such help might have had on the child.

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Children at risk of exclusion helped by nurture groups

Nurture groups can make a considerable difference to the behaviour and social skills of children who might otherwise be at risk of exclusion according to a new report from Ofsted. However, schools should ensure that pupils in these groups are making academic as well as social and emotional progress. Supporting children with challenging behaviour through a nurture group approach found that many pupils attending such groups were making substantial progress with their behavioural, social and emotional skills.

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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

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.

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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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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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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We will shortly be launching our improved website. Whether you are a parent or carer, pupil or teacher, childminder or employer, you’ll find it easier to navigate and get the information you need.

There will be major changes to the homepage, more powerful search, and more customisable content through a new 'My Ofsted' section.

We plan to launch our improvements during the week starting 25 July. And if you are a subscriber, we'll be emailing you to let you know how to re-register.

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.

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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

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