This Annual Report presents evidence from inspection and regulatory visits undertaken between September 2010 and August 2011 by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). Evidence is taken from inspection activity across the full range of Ofsted’s statutory remit, which includes early years and childcare, provision for education and skills in schools, colleges and adult learning, children’s social care and local authority services for children.

The report draws upon the findings of both routine inspection visits and our programme of survey inspections through which Ofsted collect information about subjects and specific aspects of provision in children’s social care, education and skills.

The report therefore stands as a detailed summary
 of the findings from Ofsted’s inspection and regulatory activity in 2010/11 in all the areas of their remit, giving a national perspective on provision.

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  • Preface
  • Commentary
  • Early years and childcare
  • Children’s centres
  • Maintained schools
  • Initial teacher education
  • Independent schools, non-maintained special schools and boarding schools
  • Learning and skills
  • Children’s social care
  • Children’s services assessments
  • Bibliography
  • Annexes