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Issue 04 February 2012

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Schools

This month, Ofsted launched a new consultation to revise our approach to inspecting schools and academies, and initial teacher education, from September 2012. The proposals include: carrying out unannounced inspections, replacing the ‘satisfactory’ judgement for school inspections with a new 'requires improvement' judgement and changing the first two pages of the inspection report so that it is much clearer for parents, pupils and governors to understand.

We also highlight some interesting findings from some of our recent survey reports in the news and feature articles.

News

High expectation, no excuses - Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI outlines changes to Ofsted inspection in drive to deliver a good education for all -  Delivering his first major speech since becoming Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw launched detailed proposals for further changes to Ofsted inspection arrangements. We would like to hear your views as part of the consultation

Staying safe online - To coincide with Safer Internet Day earlier this month, we highlighted the Ofsted report, 'The safe use of technologies', first published in February 2010. It emphasised that: providing good-quality staff training, helping pupils to become safe and responsible users of technology, and raising awareness of the issues with parents should remain a high priority for schools.

Have you rated your child's school on Parent View? - More than 18,500 parents have completed a survey on Parent View, Ofsted's online questionnaire, where parents and carers can give their views on their child’s school at any time of the year. You need an email address and a password to register and a few minutes to answer the questions. 

Features

The value of volunteering - During Student Volunteering Week, between 20 and 26 February, we looked back at the findings and case studies in a recent Ofsted survey, 'Choosing to volunteer', which found that well-structured volunteering opportunities contribute positively to young people’s personal development and social engagement.

Transforming the teaching of ICT - While children and young people might be adept at using new technology in their everyday lives, a recent Ofsted report, 'ICT in schools', has found that the school curriculum and teaching approaches have not always kept up with the rapid pace of change, especially at secondary school level.

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In this issue, we find out about children and young people's views. We have published details about how we will inspect the work of adoption and fostering agencies, and made slight changes to the inspection arrangements for children’s homes. 

Deputy Chief Inspector John Goldup launched a best practice report for social workers in child protection. He also discussed social care inspection at a lecture and through a live blog with readers of the 'Community Care' website. 
 

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Half of children given hardly any notice before being moved - The 'Children’s care monitor' reveals nearly 2,000 children’s views through an online survey carried out in 2011 by the Children's Rights team. This year, the survey included a new focus on children’s experiences of placement change in care.

Authorities must tackle delays in adoption - New adoption inspection arrangements published this month stress that all children identified for adoption should be placed for adoption within 12 months.

Children and young people's responses about how adoption agencies should be inspected - For the first time, we have published the views of children and young people who took part in our online consultation carried out between June and August 2011.

Ofsted's Deputy Chief Inspector John Goldup gave the first Annual Social Care lecture - On 1 February, John Goldup delivered Ofsted's first Annual Social Care Lecture, 'Bureaucratic burden or force for improvement: can inspection square the circle?' to an audience of local authorities, academics, other inspectorates and representatives from the voluntary and community sector at the London School of Economics. The lecture transcript, video and podcast are all available. You can also find a link to the social work survey report, 'High expectations, high support and high challenge', and to the inspection framework for local authority arrangements to protect children.

Deputy Chief Inspector: live chat on children's services inspections - John Goldup also took part in a live web debate for 'Community Care'  on 22 February.

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Adult learning and skills

This month, Ofsted launched a new consultation to revise our inspection arrangements for further education and skills and initial teacher education from September 2012. 

We also highlight some interesting findings from our survey reports in the feature articles.

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High expectation, no excuses - Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI outlines changes to Ofsted inspection in drive to deliver a good education for all - Delivering his first major speech since becoming Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw launched detailed proposals for further changes to Ofsted inspection. We would like to hear your views as part of the consultation.

Features

National Apprenticeship Week – celebrating success - To mark National Apprenticeship Week, between 6 and 10 February, we highlighted some examples of best practice to show how successful apprenticeships can bring considerable benefits to employers, individuals and the economy. 

The value of volunteering - During Student Volunteering Week, between 20 and 26 February, we looked back at the findings and case studies in a recent Ofsted survey, 'Choosing to volunteer', which found that well-structured volunteering opportunities contribute positively to young people’s personal development and social engagement.

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Early years and childcare

In this issue, we remind you about our consultation on changes to the way we will register and inspect early years providers, including nurseries and childminders. The changes will coincide with the revised Early Years Foundation Stage, which the government intends to publish in September 2012.

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Ofsted seeks views on the regulation of early years and childcare providers - The page contains the consultation document and a link to the online questionnaire. It also includes a video outlining our proposals for early years inspection and regulation. 

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