This month, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw launched a new consultation to revise our inspection arrangements for maintained schools and academies and initial teacher education from September 2012. He has been speaking at several events to outline the proposals.
We also highlight key findings from some of our recent survey reports and the work of our National Advisors in the news and feature articles.
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. These include: moving to no-notice inspections and replacing the ‘satisfactory’ judgement for school inspections with a new 'requires improvement' judgement. He has pledged to change the first two pages of the inspection report so that it is much clearer for schools, governors, pupils and parents to understand. He has also announced that Ofsted is in discussions with the National College to involve heads from outstanding schools in a small number of inspections each year. 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.
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.
Putting the local community at the heart of the Key Stage 3 history curriculum
This case study shows how history teachers at Copleston High School in Ipswich, Suffolk, have developed an inspirational and engaging curriculum at Key Stage 3. It ensures that the subject is meaningful and relevant to all groups of students by providing them with a detailed insight into how the local community fits into wider national and international history.
Employability and enterprise education
This example describes how students at Queens Park Community School in North West London, develop employability and enterprise skills through the whole-school curriculum, extra-curricular activities and innovative projects developed with employers.
For more good practice case studies from schools across the country, visit www.goodpractice.ofsted.gov.uk
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