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Welcome to the Annual Report special

Ofsted News for the services we inspect or regulate
Issue 02 November 2011

In this issue, we highlight Ofsted's Annual Report 2010/11, which was published on 22 November.

The Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2010/11 provides a detailed summary of the findings from Ofsted’s work between September 2010 and August 2011. It draws on evidence throughout the year of more than 31,000 inspection and regulation visits by Ofsted, including findings and trends in childcare, children’s social care, schools and education and skills provision for learners of all ages.

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Ofsted News 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.

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: www.goodpractice.ofsted.gov.uk

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Across Ofsted

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

 

News

Raising ambition and tackling failure - Ofsted's press release outlines the findings and themes from the Annual Report 2010/11.

The Annual Report has been published in an interactive format on the Ofsted website.

In this video, Chief Inspector Miriam Rosen introduces key highlights from the Report.
Three accompanying videos featuring Ofsted Directors can be viewed in each section below. 

New Chief Inspector - Sir Michael Wilshaw will be starting his new position as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) of Education, Children's Services and Skills in January 2012.

 

Inspection updates

Outstanding Providers - 22 Nov 2011
This is a list of providers that were judged outstanding overall in 2010/11. The list includes links to inspection reports of early years registered providers, maintained schools, independent schools, colleges and providers of work-based learning, adult education and children’s social care. We hope you find it useful to identify outstanding practice to help improve your provision.

Schools

In 2010/11 Ofsted carried out more than 6,000 inspections of schools. We focus on the key findings from these in the Annual Report.

In this issue, you can also learn about how we are changing our inspection arrangements to tackle issues such as bullying. And we take a look at good practice in teaching children maths, with a good practice case study and inspection updates, which we hope you find useful.

News

Annual Report focus on schools - The Report reveals that more than half of schools inspected in the past academic year were found to provide their pupils with a good or outstanding education, but the quality of teaching in our schools is still too variable. 

In this video, Jean Humphrys, Ofsted's interim Director, Education and Care, introduces education and early years highlights from the Report. 

The sections for maintained schoolsindependent schools and initial teacher education from the Annual Report 2010/11 are on the Ofsted website.

Tackling bullying - This article explains how we will be placing even more emphasis on behaviour in the new school inspection process that we are introducing from January 2012.

Official statistics: Independent school inspections and outcomes, including regulation compliance – 22 Nov 2011
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. There is an additional release to provide the data which covers the period of the Annual Report 2010/11.

 

Good practice

How young learners master maths - best practice in early arithmetic - 17 Nov 2011
This report describes how providing the best grounding in mathematics at primary school is of fundamental importance to children’s future success in education, life and at work.

Motivating young people through music – 7 Nov 2011 
This case study shows how Sound It Out’s ‘Initi8’ project inspired young people and helped them to progress through involvement in music projects, either as a participant or through working as a volunteer.

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

 

Inspection updates

The framework for inspecting boarding and residential provision in schools – 29 Nov 2011
This document sets out the framework for Ofsted’s inspections of boarding and residential provision in maintained, non-maintained and independent boarding and residential special schools in England. It should be read in conjunction with: The Evaluation schedule for the inspection of boarding and residential provision in schools which provides outline guidance and grade descriptors for the judgements that inspectors will report on, and Conducting inspections of boarding and residential provision in schools, which is guidance for inspectors.

Video: Introduction to the new school inspection framework - summary of main changes – 18 Nov 2011
This is one of eight videos on the Ofsted website, which provides highlights of presentations at a series of dissemination events hosted by Ofsted for school leaders to get a clear understanding of how the new inspection arrangements will work. The topics covered in the videos include judgements on: overall efffectiveness, achievement, behaviour and safety and leadership and management. The videos could be a useful tool for any internal training for schools preparing for inspection under the new framework.

Risk assessment of maintained schools and academies – 18 Nov 2011
This document sets out the process by which Ofsted conducts risk assessments of maintained schools and academies where overall effectiveness was judged to be good or outstanding at the last full section 5 inspection. Only outstanding and good primary and secondary schools, including infant, middle and all through schools, are risk assessed under the current arrangements.

Report on Ofsted’s consultation about the new draft framework for inspecting residential provision in boarding and residential special schools – 2 Nov 2011
This is an evaluation report on Ofsted’s consultation about the new framework for inspecting residential provision in maintained, non-maintained and independent boarding and residential special schools from January 2012.

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In 2010/11, Ofsted carried out more than 2,350 inspections of providers of children and families services. We focus on the key findings from these in the Annual Report.

This month, you can also read about the diary entries of children and young people in care, as they describe their day-to-day routine in their own words. There are inspection updates and a good practice case study, which we hope you find useful.

 

News

Annual Report focus on children and families services - The Report reveals that, overall, the quality of services for children and families continues to improve in children’s homes, in adoption and fostering and in local authorities. However, one in five of the local authorities inspected this year are failing to protect children in their area adequately from risk of harm.

In this video, John Goldup, Ofsted's National Director, Development and Strategy, introduces children and families services highlights from the Report. 

The children's social care and children's services assessments sections from the Annual Report 2010/11 are on the Ofsted website.

The majority of local authorities are providing good services for local children and young people - Ofsted has published the outcomes of the 2011 annual children’s services assessments for local authorities across England. It shows that the majority of authorities are providing good or better children’s services, with 28 authorities providing excellent services for children in their area, eight more than last year. 

Universal Children’s Day - With many countries around the world celebrating Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, Ofsted explains how the Children's Rights Director for England, Dr Roger Morgan, is helping to ensure that some of our most vulnerable children and young people are being given a voice.

Personal diary entries of children about care, support and life away from home - The Children’s Rights Director published the 100 days in care report on 15 November. It documents 100 personal diary entries about children’s experience of being in care, leaving care, and living in boarding schools or residential special schools.

Official statistics: Children's social care inspections and outcomes – 22 Nov 2011
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. There is an additional release to provide the data which covers the period of the Annual Report 2010/11.

Official statistics: Children's social care providers and places – 4 Nov 2011
Ofsted has a database of registered children’s social care providers and residential accommodation for children in boarding schools and further education colleges in England, including the maximum number of places a provider may offer at any one time. This quarterly release comprises commentary and charts 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' approach - 24 Oct 2011
This example shows how Swindon Borough Council and its partners used various approaches to improve both practice and the provision of services for children and families in the borough.

Communication and consultation with children and young people with learning disabilities – 6 Oct 2011
This case study illustrates the flexible and effective approaches used by Bridges Resource Centre in communicating and consulting with children and young people with learning disabilities and a complex mixture of communication difficulties.

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

 

Inspection updates

Management of cross-remit concerns about children's welfare – 10 Nov 2011
This document clarifies Ofsted’s approach to concerns about a local authority’s arrangements for children and young people that arise during any inspection of a social care service, early years or education provider.

Report on Ofsted’s consultation about the new draft framework for inspecting residential provision in boarding and residential special schools – 2 Nov 2011
This is an evaluation report on Ofsted’s consultation about the new framework for inspecting residential provision in maintained, non-maintained and independent boarding and residential special schools from January 2012.

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Adult learning and skills

In 2010/11, Ofsted carried out more than 371 inspections of learning and skills provision. We focus on the key findings from these in the Annual Report.

You can also read about the barriers faced by young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities after leaving school. There are inspection updates and good practice case studies, which we hope you find useful.
 

News

Annual Report focus on learning and skills - The Report confirms that, overall, success rates for all learners in the learning and skills sector have been rising steadily. However a significant number of colleges are stuck at satsifactory.

In this video, Matthew Coffey, Ofsted's Director, Learning and Skills, introduces learning and skills highlights from the Report. 

The learning and skills section from the Annual Report 2010/11 is on the Ofsted website.

Official statistics: Learning and skills inspections and outcomes – 22 Nov 2011
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. There is an additional release to provide the data which covers the period of the Annual Report 2010/11.

 

Features

A mixed picture for learners needing extra support after 16 - This article revisits the report published in August, which looks at why very few young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities that leave school carry on to complete programmes that help them live independently, undertake further study or gain employment.

 

Good practice

Value for money and quality improvement through collaboration with peer organisations - 21 Nov 2011
This case study illustrates how Luton Sixth Form College obtains good value for money through successful collaboration with other colleges to share good practice, staff training and quality improvement procedures.

Effective employer engagement - 8 Nov 2011
This example shows how the provider DH Associates has developed excellent partnerships with learners and their employers. They provide high-quality programmes leading to outstanding outcomes to meet the needs of the learner and of the employer.

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: November 2011 – 18 Nov 2011
This update provides inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about our inspection work in learning and skills.

Supplementary guidance and resources for inspectors - adult learning and skills – 10 Nov 2011
These supplementary guidance and resources for inspectors for adult learning and skills inspections are available as Word documents in a zip file.

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Early years and childcare

In 2010/11, Ofsted carried out more than 21,000 inspections of childcare and early education providers. We focus on the key findings from these in the Annual Report.

There are inspection updates and a good practice case study, which we hope you find useful.
 

News

Annual Report focus on early years and childcare - The Report confirms that the quality of childcare in England continues to improve with almost three-quarters of early years and childcare providers inspected in 2010/11 providing a good or outstanding service.

In this video, Jean Humphrys, Ofsted's Interim Director, Education and Care, introduces education and early years highlights from the Report.

The early years and children's section from the Annual Report 2010/11 is on the Ofsted website.

Official statistics: Children's centres inspections and outcomes – 22 Nov 2011
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. There is an additional release to provide the data which covers the period of the Annual Report 2010/11.

Official statistics: Early years and childcare registered providers inspections and outcomes – 22 Nov 2011
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. There is an additional release to provide the data which covers the period of the Annual Report 2010/11. It begins with the statistics at June 2011.

 

Good practice

Developing the indoor and outdoor environments to support and promote children's communication skills - 25 Nov 2011
This case study looks at how Townsend Children's Centre has involved families to help develop children’s language and communication.

Using the principles of Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI) to support and enhance the way in which young children learn – 7 Sep 2011
This example describes how Henleaze Infant School used the ELLI project to develop the independent learning skills of young children.

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

 

Inspection updates

How to object: guidance for registered childminders and childcare providers – 29 Nov 2011
This leaflet tells you how and when, as someone applying to register as, or already registered as, a childcare provider, you can object to our intention to take steps that will affect your registration.

Factsheet: childcare - Registration not required - 16 Nov 2011
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 November 2011.

Factsheet: childcare - Regulating play-based provision – 16 Nov 2011
This factsheet explains our role in regulating play-based provision.
 


 

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