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Issue 03 January 2012

Ofsted News is published on our 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 also include, under 'inspection updates', the latest guidance and inspection material that we publish, which we hope you find useful. 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.

The website has an area dedicated to showcasing good practice across the sectors that we inspect and regulate. We 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: www.goodpractice.ofsted.gov.uk.

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Across Ofsted

This section covers news from all the sectors we inspect and regulate.

Scroll below to read the latest news in your area of interest.

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Schools

In this issue, you can read about some of the changes that our new Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, is looking to introduce to the inspection of maintained schools from September 2012. We invite you to give your views on our consultation for the inspection of some independent schools. We also highlight two survey reports about volunteering and about ICT in schools. There are inspection updates and good practice case studies, which we hope you find useful.
 

News

Ofsted releases materials for history coordinators - Ofsted has released new resources to support the improvement of teaching and learning of history in schools.

Changes to independent school inspection - Ofsted has launched a consultation about its inspection of all ‘non-association’ independent schools in England. The changes proposed for September 2012 are intended to raise expectations for further improvement in the performance of these schools, for the benefit of children, parents and carers.

Ofsted announces scrapping of ‘satisfactory’ judgement in move designed to help improve education for millions of children - At a government summit on ‘coasting schools’ held at Downing Street on 10 January, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, confirmed his intention to replace the ‘satisfactory’ judgement for school inspections with a new 'requires improvement' judgement.

Ofsted announces plans for no-notice inspection for schools - Ofsted’s Chief Inspector also announced plans to introduce no-notice inspections for all regular school inspections from September 2012. With our new Parent View online questionnaire we can make this change and have confidence that we can still consider the views of parents during inspections.

Documents published for new school inspection arrangements in January - The three main guidance documents for Ofsted’s new school inspection arrangements, which commenced this month, are available on the Ofsted website.

Young people are not being sufficiently challenged in ICT lessons - Ofsted's report, ICT in schools 2008–11, published in December 2011, found that achievement in information, communication and technology (ICT) was inadequate in almost a fifth of the secondary schools visited.

Volunteering can be beneficial to the most vulnerable youngsters - In early December, to coincide with International Volunteering Day, Ofsted published Choosing to volunteer, a survey of what works best in engaging young people in volunteering within schools, colleges and in the community.

Schools that stay satisfactory – 12 Dec 2011
This report presents the inspection data on secondary schools that seem to be ‘stuck' at satisfactory. It examines the inspection history of a sample of these schools in more detail to understand why they have not improved consistently.

 

Statistics

The quarterly releases listed below contain 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. 

Official statistics: Maintained school inspections and outcomes – 8 Dec 2011

Official statistics: Independent school inspections and outcomes, including regulation compliance – 6 Dec 2011

 

Features

How important are parents’ views to your school? - With more than 14,100 parents having completed our Parent View survey since its launch in late October 2011, we hear from two headteachers who are actively encouraging parents to register and share their views on the website.  

 

Good Practice

Raising achievement in design and technology (D&T): Turnford School – 19 Jan 2012
This case study illustrates how an innovative and relevant curriculum at Turnford School, an 11–18 secondary school in Hertfordshire, has helped students to develop their skills and motivated them to study D&T further. Central to the subject’s success are strong partnership links with technology research and development providers.

Raising the achievement of students for whom English is an additional language: Belle Vue Girls’ School – 17 Jan 2012
This case study demonstrates how Belle Vue Girls’ School in Bradford has used the teaching of additional languages such as Urdu and Arabic, particularly by students who speak English as an additional language, to help students develop their thinking and literacy skills. Excellent leadership and huge commitment from teachers who have designed their own Arabic website called Arabalicious led to 58% of all Year 11 students gaining a GCSE A* to C grade in at least one language in 2011.

For more good practice case studies from schools across the country, visit www.goodpractice.ofsted.gov.uk

 

Inspection updates

Evaluation schedule for the inspection of boarding and residential provision in schools – 20 Dec 2011
The evaluation schedule provides outline guidance and grade descriptors for the judgements that inspectors will report on when inspecting boarding and residential provision in schools.

Schools and inspection: December 2011
This update provides inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about our inspection work in schools.


 

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This month, we invite you to take part in our consultations about our inspection of ‘non-association’ independent schools and the way we inspect the work of adoption support agencies. You can also read news about the new inspection framework for child protection and about the Office of the Children's Rights Director. There are inspection updates and good practice case studies, which we hope you find useful.

News

Seeing through a child's eyes: Ofsted announces no-notice, unannounced inspections for child protection - Focusing on the child’s journey and experience and looking at what makes the most difference in improving children’s lives, Ofsted is to introduce no-notice inspection for child protection services. The new child protection framework will come into effect in May.

Changes to independent school inspection - Ofsted has launched a consultation about its inspection of education at all ‘non-association’ independent schools in England and of care in boarding and residential special schools. The changes proposed for September 2012 are intended to raise expectations for further improvement in the performance of these schools, for the benefit of children, parents and carers.

Sharper focus and shorter notice proposed as Ofsted launches its consultation for the inspection of adoption support agencies - Ofsted has launched a consultation on changes to the inspection of adoption support agencies.

Children's Rights Director welcomes Government announcement on the future Children's Commissioner - The Government has announced that it will be replacing both the present Children’s Commissioner for England and the present Children’s Rights Director for England with a new Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England.

20-year milestone for children's rights international law - To mark the 20th anniversary of the UK’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) the Children’s Rights Director for England, Dr Roger Morgan, announced that a special guide to the UNCRC for children in care will be published shortly on the Rights4me website.

Newsletter for children’s homes - The Department for Education has launched a newsletter for the children’s residential care sector.

 

Statistics

The quarterly releases listed below contain 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. 

Official statistics: Children's social care providers and places - 26 Jan 2012

Official statistics: Local authority children's services inspections and outcomes - 15 Dec 2011

Official statistics: Children's social care inspections and outcomes - 8 Dec 2011

Fostering agencies and fostering services dataset 2010/11 – 15 Dec 2011
This publication gives a useful picture of the numbers and profile of foster carers and children in both local authority and independent services in England, covering the period between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011. Data was submitted by 91.3% of all fostering services

 

Good Practice

Non-executive scrutiny panel: Southend Safeguarding Children Board – 5 Jan 2012
This case study shows how a Scrutiny Panel set up by Southend Safeguarding Children Board helped the Board to review its governance arrangements and raised the profile of safeguarding.

For more good practice case studies from children and families services across the country, visit www.goodpractice.ofsted.gov.uk

 

Inspection updates

Compliance, investigation and enforcement handbook – 5 Jan 2012
This handbook sets out the legal background to our compliance and enforcement work and the extent of our powers. We use the handbook in our regulation of early years and childcare providers and children’s social care services.

Evaluation schedule for the inspection of boarding and residential provision in schools – 20 Dec 2011
The evaluation schedule provides outline guidance and grade descriptors for the judgements that inspectors will report on when inspecting boarding and residential provision in schools.

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

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Adult learning and skills

This month, there is news about changing the 'satisfactory' judgement following inspection to 'requires improvment'. We also take a look at the experiences of the young people, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, who participate in volunteering programmes and a learner shares her perspective on one of Ofsted's reports. There are inspection updates and good practice case studies, which we hope you find useful.

 

 

News

'Requires improvement' judgement for the learning and skills sector - Ofsted National Director of Learning and Skills, Matthew Coffey has released a statement on how the proposed new judgement will affect the learning and skills sector. Ofsted’s new Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, announced on 17 January 2012, his intention to replace the ‘satisfactory’ judgement for school inspections with a new ‘requires improvement’ judgement. Ofsted will consult with the learning and skills sector on making the same change for the Common Inspection Framework from September 2012.

Volunteering can be beneficial to the most vulnerable youngsters - In early December, to coincide with International Volunteering Day, Ofsted published Choosing to volunteer, a survey of what works best in engaging young people in volunteering within schools, colleges and in the community.

 

Feature

Post-16 support for those in need: a personal viewpoint - In this article, you can read about a learner’s experience of the problems faced by those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities after leaving school at 16, as highlighted in an Ofsted report published in August 2011.

 

Good Practice

Intergenerational working: creating opportunities for young people through links with local providers of care for the elderly: YMCA Derbyshire – 17 Jan 2012
This case study describes how YMCA Derbyshire, a provider of Foundation Learning programmes for 16 to 18-year-olds, works with local care providers for the elderly to train young people studying courses in hospitality and health and social care. The programme offers students work-experience, a qualification, and the chance to improve their self-confidence and social skills.

The role of union learning representatives in developing employability skills in partnership with employers: TUC Unionlearn – 11 Jan 2012
This case study shows how an unusually strong partnership between the trade unions' umbrella organisation TUC and the employer McVitie’s enables workers to gain transferable skills to help their employability and chances of promotion.

For more good practice case studies from learning and skills provision across the country, visit www.goodpractice.ofsted.gov.uk

 

Inspection updates

Learning and skills: January 2012
This update provides inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about our inspection work in learning and skills.

Handbook for the inspection of learning and skills training for young adults and adults in custody – 6 Jan 2012
This handbook provides guidance for prisons, service providers, Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) from Ofsted and additional inspectors on the implementation of the Common Inspection Framework for inspecting all young adult (18–21 years old), and adult prisoner education and training within the further education and skills sector. This document was updated in January 2012.

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Early years and childcare

This month, we invite you to take part in our consultation about the way we register and inspect early years provision. You can also read about the changes we are making by publishing the contacts details of childminders.

News

Ofsted seeks views on the regulation of early years and childcare providers - Ofsted is consulting on changes to the way it registers and inspects early years providers, including nurseries and childminders, following the recent review of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The changes will coincide with the revised EYFS, which the Government intends to publish in September 2012.

Opportunity for childminders to have details published online - Ofsted is writing to all childminders to ask if you would like us to publish your name, address and telephone number on our website from September 2012. 

 

Statistics

The quarterly releases listed below contain 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. 

Official statistics: Children's centres inspections and outcomes – 8 Dec 2011

Official statistics: Early years and childcare registered providers inspections and outcomes – 8 Dec 2011

 

Good Practice

Maximising the use of the outdoor environment: Aughton Early Years Centre - 19 July 2011
This case study describes how children in the Early Years Centre have made excellent progress, particularly in their personal, social, emotional and physical development as well as their communication skills by learning through outside play.

For more good practice case studies from early years and childcare provision across the country, visit www.goodpractice.ofsted.gov.uk
 

Inspection updates

Early years: January 2012
This update provides inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about our inspection work in early years.

Compliance, investigation and enforcement handbook – 5 Jan 2012
This handbook sets out the legal background to our compliance and enforcement work and the extent of our powers. We use the handbook in our regulation of early years and childcare providers and children’s social care services.

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