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Inspection reports


Ofsted carries out an annual programme of subject and thematic surveys alongside its core function of institutional and regulatory inspections.

The survey programme serves a range of purposes. Depending on the subject chosen, a survey provides an opportunity to focus on specific issues in greater detail than is possible during an institutional inspection. Alternatively, it may explore an aspect that falls outside the current inspection framework, or may sample provision in areas of our remit not currently subject to an inspection programme. In surveys we can examine relationships between institutions and between providers and other agencies. We can evaluate the impact on providers and learners of recent policy developments. In good practice surveys, we highlight the features of what works well to promote quality improvement.

Latest surveys

Education and care surveys

Social care surveys

Learning and skills surveys

Education and care

Report title Reference number Publication date
Leadership of more than one school 100234 22 September 2011
Safeguarding in schools: best practice 100240 2 September 2011
Supporting children with challenging behaviour through a nurture group approach 100230 12 July 2011
School Sport Partnerships 100237 24 June 2011
Alternative provision 100233 21 June 2011
Economics, business and enterprise education 100086 8 June 2011
Children in service families 100227 20 May 2011
School Governance: learning from the best 100238 18 May 2011
Excellence in English 100229 13 May 2011
Girls' career aspirations 090239 12 April 2011
The impact of the 'Assessing pupils' progress' initiative 100226 4 April 2011
Schools and parents 100044 1 April 2011
Meeting technological challenges? 100121 25 March 2011
History for all 090223 13 March 2011
Geography – Learning to make a world of difference 090224 4 February 2011
The impact of the Early Years Foundation Stage 100231 10 February 2011
Removing barriers to literacy 090237 21 January 2011
Modern languages: achievement and challenge 2007–2010 100042 11 January 2011
Successful science 100034 7 January 2011
London Challenge 100192 10 December 2010
Developing leadership: National Support Schools 090232 3 December 2010
Readingby six: how the best schools do it 100197 14 November 2010
Improving outcomes for children and young people through partnership in Children’s Trusts 090234 3 November 2010
The special educational needs and disability review 090221 14 September 2010
Finnish pupils' success in mathematics 100105 10 September 2010
Children missing from education 100041 17 August 2010
Personal, social, health and economic education in schools 090222 23 July 2010
Food in schools 090230 25 June 2010
Local authorities and home education 090267 17 June 2010
Transforming religious education 090215 6 June 2010
Guidance for students studying science 100045

21 May 2010

Social care

Report title Reference number Publication date
Good practice by Local Safeguarding Children Boards                      110079 15 September 2011
Outstanding children’s homes 100228 2 March 2011
Outstanding local authority children’s services 2009 100040 13 August 2010
Admission and discharge from secure accommodation 090228 12 August 2010

Learning and skills

Report title Reference number Publication date
Improving science in colleges 110081 14 October 2011
Progression post-16 for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities 100232 23 August 2011
An evaluation of approaches to commissioning young people's services 110043 9 August 2011
Best practice in safeguarding in colleges 100239 11 April 2011
Tackling the challenge of low numeracy skills in young people and adults 100225 8 April 2011
Diplomas: the second year 090240 26 October 2010
Learning from the best: examples of best practice from providers of apprenticeships in underperforming vocational areas 090225 15 October 2010
Good practice in involving employers in work-related education and training 090227 5 October 2010
Supporting young people – an evaluation of recent reforms to youth support services in 11 local areas 090226 20 July 2010
Twelve outstanding providers of work-based learning 100112 14 July 2010
Transition through detention and custody 090115

27 May 2010