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Welcome to the first new-look issue of Ofsted News

Ofsted News for the services we inspect or regulate
Issue 01 October 2011

Welcome to the first new-look issue of Ofsted News

This newsletter is one of the changes we are making to improve our communication with you. It is published on the Ofsted website and emailed to subscribers every month through the ‘My Ofsted’ service. It includes links to news and information about our work in inspection and regulation, and through it you can find out about our latest publications and consultations. We will also include, under 'inspection updates', the latest guidance and inspection material that we publish, which we hope you find useful.

You may have noticed that our website was improved earlier this summer; as well as being brighter, we think you’ll find it quicker and easier to locate the information that you need. The website has an area dedicated to showcasing good practice across the sectors that we inspect and regulate. We will include some of these case studies from schools, early years and childcare, learning and skills and children and families services across the country. We hope it will help providers to improve their work. To access the good practice area, visit http://www.goodpractice.ofsted.gov.uk
 

What is ‘My Ofsted’?

The 'My Ofsted' feature on the website allows you to tailor the type of information you'd like to see and how you receive it. If you’ve not yet registered or want to make changes to your profile go to www.ofsted.gov.uk/user.

To tell us what you think of the new service, please use the feedback form in the contact us section of the website.

Ofsted

Across Ofsted

This section covers news from all the sectors we inspect and regulate. You can find out about the Secretary of State for Education’s preferred choice for Ofsted's new Chief Inspector, and who Ofsted's new Board members are.

News

The next HMCI - Baroness Sally Morgan has welcomed news that the Secretary of State's preferred choice for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Department for Education confirms appointments to Ofsted's Board - Education Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed a number of appointments to the Board of Ofsted. These include: Linda Farrant, Andy Palmer, Paul Snell CBE, Sir Alan Steer and Professor Geoff Whitty CBE. They have been appointed to serve as Ofsted board members for three years. John Roberts CBE has been re-appointed for three years.

Schools

At the end of September, Ofsted published details about the new school inspection framework. This month, we have also launched the new Parent View website, where parents can complete a survey about schools. The questions have been carefully chosen to cover those issues that parents have told us are the most important to them.

In this edition, you can read children's views about the inspection of welfare in residential and boarding schools and find out about our new arrangements for inspecting these schools. We also take a look at best practice in safeguarding children in schools and meet a headteacher who is managing two schools. There is a good practice case study and inspection updates, which we hope you find useful.
 

News

The shape of school inspection from 2012 - With a sharper focus on the judgements that matter most; even more time spent in the classroom, and a continued drive on raising standards, especially in reading, Ofsted has published details of how the inspection of maintained schools will change from January 2012.

A new voice for parents - Ofsted has launched Parent View, a new online questionnaire that will allow parents and carers to give their views on their child’s school at any time of the year. We hope headteachers will use Parent View to better understand the views of their parents.

Children’s Book Week - We looked back at two Ofsted reports: Reading by six: how the best schools do it and Excellence in English to mark Children’s Book Week, between 3 and 9 October. The Week is a national celebration of reading for children of primary school age.

No-notice inspections for welfare provision at boarding and residential special schools as Ofsted introduces a new inspection model - Boarding and residential special schools are to have unannounced, no-notice inspections when welfare is inspected separately from education.

All schools can provide a safer environment for children - There is no reason why good practice in safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare should not be a feature of every school, according to an Ofsted report published in September.

Federated schools see improved outcomes - In a survey of federations where schools have joined together to raise standards, improvements have been seen in the three key areas of teaching and learning, behaviour and pupils’ achievement, according to a report launched by Ofsted in September.

European Day of Languages - We highlighted the findings of our report, Modern languages – Achievement and challenge 2007-10, for the European Day of Languages on 26 September. The Day aims to show Europeans how important languages are and how enjoyable and useful learning a language can be.

Children audit Ofsted's inspection of social care - Children living in residential special schools and boarding schools have given their views about Ofsted inspection in the report Social care inspection: the children’s audit. 

Ofsted's letter to the Independent - Ofsted wrote to the Independent to clarify that we will inspect Free Schools.

Official statistics: Independent school inspections and outcomes, including regulation compliance - This quarterly release comprises commentary, charts and tables in pdf format, charts and tables in Excel format, and the underlying data in Excel and comma separated values (.csv) format.

 

Features

Sharing leaders to improve schools - Alongside our report on leadership of federated schools, we spoke to one headteacher of a federation, Peter Beaven, to dicover the secrets of his success.

 

Good practice

Computer-aided design and manufacture in design and technology: Ripley St Thomas Church of England High School - This case study demonstrates how computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) can be integrated successfully into design and technology provision in a secondary school. Students confidently use professional standard software and manufacturing equipment and, as a result, their vocational skills are exceptionally well advanced by the time they leave school.

 

Inspection updates

Reading, writing and communication (literacy) - This publication considers expectations, standards and inspection methodology related to literacy from Year 3 to Year 11. It is one of two publications forming a programme of distance learning training materials for inspectors and has been written to support the implementation of the new framework for school inspection (January 2012). The publication will be of interest to teachers, and providers of initial and in-service teacher education, as well as inspectors.

Getting them reading early - This publication focuses on early reading, including systematic phonics, and inspection methodology. It is one of two publications which will be of interest to teachers, and providers of initial and in-service teacher education, as well as inspectors.

Protocol for the selection of schools whose overall effectiveness is graded satisfactory for a monitoring inspection - This protocol sets out the basis on which schools, whose overall effectiveness was judged to be satisfactory at their last inspection, are selected for a section 8 monitoring inspection. The protocol applies to schools, which were inspected since September 2009 under the current section 5 inspection framework.

Monitoring inspections of schools whose overall effectiveness is satisfactory - This is the guidance for inspecting schools whose overall effectiveness is satisfactory under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. This document was updated in September 2011.

Schools and inspection: September 2011 - This newsletter provides inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about our inspection work in schools.

In this issue, we describe the findings of our recently published survey reports, which look at the work of Local Safeguarding Children Boards; how local authorities contract services for young people and how services successfully prevent young people from entering care. You can also find out children's views about social care inspection and look at the latest statistics. There are good practice case studies, which we hope you find useful.
 

News

Ofsted reports on the protection of vulnerable babies and young people - Last week Ofsted published two reports which highlight the vulnerability of teenagers and babies in the child protection system.

Improving child protection by shining the light on good practice: how a number of Local Safeguarding Children Boards are showing the way - This report, published by Ofsted in September, provides practical examples and detailed case studies of how Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) have helped to improve child protection.

Munro adviser joins Ofsted as senior manager for children's social care - Ofsted announced the appointment of Jacky Tiotto as the new divisional manager for Social Care Development and Strategy from 1 September.

Councils should adopt a more collaborative approach to commissioning services for young people - A report published by Ofsted in August, has found that local authorities are not always considering the voluntary and community sector, charities, or other arms of the public sector, when commissioning services for young people.

Children audit Ofsted's inspection of social care - Children living in residential special schools and boarding schools have given their views about Ofsted inspection in the report Social care inspection: the children’s audit.

Help us keep our social care information updated - Ofsted is carrying out a review of all the information we hold about social care providers.

Fostering agencies and fostering services dataset 2010/11 - This publication covers provisional data on fostering services, in England, covering the period between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011. Data was submitted by 83.5% of all fostering services. We will publish the final dataset in December 2011.

Official statistics: Local authority children's services inspections and outcomes - This quarterly release comprises commentary, charts and tables in pdf format and charts and tables in Excel format.

 

Good practice

The journey from inadequate to good using the Common Assessment Framework processes and 'team around the child': Swindon Borough Council - This case study shows the approaches used by Swindon Borough Council and its partners as part of the change management process to improve both practice and the provision of services for children and families in the borough.

Using audiovisual technology to help offenders maintain family ties and learn new skills: HMP Lowdham Grange - This case study demonstrates how gaining accreditation in video editing qualifications at levels 1 and 2 also enables offenders to gain skills that support successful resettlement.

 

Inspection updates

Social care: September 2011 - This newsletter provides inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about our inspection work in social care.

Adult learning and skills

This month, we invite you to take part in three consultations about: the way we inspect further education and work-based learning; our proposals to revise the framework for initial teacher education, and our arrangements for the inspection of residential provision in further education colleges.

We visit HMS Collingwood and survey the training and care of recruits in the Armed Forces. You can also read about the quality of science provision in colleges and about the learning opportunities available for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. There is a good practice case study and an inspection update, which we hope you find useful.
 

News

Raising expectations for teacher training - Ofsted is carrying out a consultation on proposals to revise arrangements for the inspection of initial teacher education (ITE), which will be introduced from September 2012. We want to help ensure that more trainees are better prepared with the practical skills that teachers need most, such as the ability to manage behaviour and teach reading effectively.

Improving science in colleges - sharing ideas and examples of good practice - An Ofsted report, published on 14 October, identifies the factors that have helped colleges improve the quality of their science provision, or maintain high standards, and makes recommendations for further improvement.

Revised inspection framework for residential provision in FE colleges - Ofsted consultation - In early October Ofsted launched a consultation on proposals to revise and streamline arrangements for the inspection of residential provision in further education colleges for students under the age of eighteen.

Welfare and duty of care in Armed Forces initial training - Ofsted presented its third annual report on the effectiveness of welfare and duty of care for recruits and trainees in Armed Forces initial training. 

Ofsted proposes changes to inspection of further education and skills to improve learners' employability - Ofsted launches a consultation on proposals to revise the inspection of further education (FE) colleges, work-based learning providers, adult and community learning (ACL) provision and ‘Next Step’ provision.

Progression beyond school is variable for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities - Too few young people with learning difficulties and disabilities progress from school to complete programmes that will help them live independently, undertake further study, or gain employment, says an Ofsted report published in August.

Official statistics released - Ofsted has released updated statistics about the outcomes of inspections in learning and skills providers. 


 

Features

Ofsted and the Armed Forces - Alongside our report on the welfare and duty of care for recruits and trainees in Armed Forces initial training, we talk to Commander Price about how the Royal Navy trains 3,500 apprentices a year.

Raising expectations for teacher training - Ofsted is carrying out a consultation on proposals to revise arrangements for the inspection of initial teacher education (ITE), which will be introduced from September 2012. We want to help ensure that more trainees are better prepared with the practical skills that teachers need most, such as the ability to manage behaviour and teach reading effectively.
 

Good practice

Using employer networks to reinforce learning: Results Consortium Ltd (working on behalf of Ixion Holdings) - This case study explains how to improve the impact of learning from courses in business improvement techniques, by setting up employer peer networks to share ideas, and by using learning networks to empower groups of ex-learners to apply their knowledge to promote quality improvement.   

 

Inspection updates

Self-evaluation for initial teacher education providers - This is the December 2011 submission for academic year 2010/11. A guidance document is also available from this page. 

Early years and childcare

This month, we highlight our survey reports which make recommendations to help with children’s reading. We also take a look back at the ten years since Ofsted took over the responsibility for inspecting early years and childcare. There are good practice case studies and inspection updates, which we hope you find useful.

News

Children’s Book Week - We looked back at two Ofsted reports: Reading by six: how the best schools do it and Excellence in English to mark Children’s Book Week, between 3 and 9 October. The Week is a national celebration of reading for children of primary school age.

Ten years for early years - September marked 10 years since Ofsted took over the responsibility for regulating and inspecting all registered early years childminding and childcare settings in 2001.

Official statistics released - Ofsted has released updated statistics about the outcomes of inspections in early years and childcare registered providers, and children's centres. 

 

Good practice

Three of 24 ways for children to succeed in the Early Years Foundation Stage: Throston Primary School - This case study shows how the school regularly adapts planning and provision to reflect the changing interests and needs of the Nursery and Reception year children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The staff identify 24 facets of how their approach fosters and builds on progress, especially for boys.

The forest school; a thrilling and inspiring environment for pre school children: Fleetwood's Charity Pre-School Group - This case study shows how the pre-school uses the forest school environment to provide a thrilling and inspiring environment for children to explore and take risks. Children thrive in this inclusive, exciting and stimulating setting, because practitioners focus their attention upon their unique and individual needs. They are healthy and safe and develop superb skills for the future.

 

Inspection updates

Early years: September 2011
This newsletter provides inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about our inspection work in early years.

Children's centres self-evaluation form - This self-evaluation form is linked to the judgements that Ofsted will make at inspection. This document was revised in October 2011.

Children's centres self-evaluation form guidance -  This document provides information for children’s centres on completing their Ofsted self-evaluation form. It includes guidance notes for responding to each of the questions. This document was revised in October 2011.

Framework for children's centre inspection - The framework for children’s centre inspection shows how the general principles and processes are applied to these inspections in England. It sets out the statutory basis for inspection and summarises the main features of children’s centre inspections from September 2011.

Exemption notification form for childcare providers that operate for 14 days or less in a 12-month period - This document was revised in October 2011. Most childcare providers caring for children aged under eight must register with Ofsted unless the law says that they are not required to do so. Our Registration not required factsheet explains which providers are not required to register with us. Please read Registration not required before you continue with this exemption notification form

Childcare - Registration not required - This factsheet explains the types of childcare that do not require registration with us - please read it before using the exemption notification form. It is part of a suite of childcare factsheets available via our website. This document was revised in October 2011.

Childcare - Serious accidents, injuries and deaths that registered providers must notify to Ofsted and local child protection agencies -  A factsheet for registered early years and childcare providers on when and how to inform Ofsted and local child protection agencies of deaths, serious accidents and/or injuries. It is part of a suite of childcare factsheets available via our website. This document was revised in October 2011.

Childcare - The numbers and ages of children that childminders may care for - This factsheet sets out our policy and understanding of the law about the numbers and ages of children you may care for when registered on the Early Years and Childcare Registers. It is part of a suite of childcare factsheets available via our website. This document was revised in October 2011.

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