Students safest using the internet when they are trusted to manage their own risk

Pupils in schools that use ‘managed’ online systems have a better knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe when using new technologies, according to The safe use of technologies. ‘Managed’ systems are systems that have fewer inaccessible sites than ‘locked’ systems and so require pupils to take more responsibility for their own safety. ‘Locked’ systems make many websites inaccessible and although this ensures pupils’ safety in school it does not encourage the pupils to take responsibility for their actions or prepare them for dealing with systems that are not locked.

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Survey on sharing good practice to drive improvement

If you are a provider, Ofsted would like to hear your views about how we share good practice with you. Ofsted’s publications highlight aspects of good practice across a range of topics, based on the evidence we gather through our inspection work. We would like your views to help us improve.

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Workstep – how the best training and support programmes are helping disabled people gain their place at work

The best providers of the Workstep programme have displayed a marked shift in the support given to disabled people to overcome mental, physical and personal barriers to get and keep a job, according to Improving progression to unsupported employment.

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School workforce reform helps pupils’ learning if support staff are properly trained and deployed

The wider schools workforce, including teaching assistants and learning mentors, is making a difference to pupils’ learning, according to Workforce reform in schools: has it made a difference?. However, the report also shows that these staff must be effectively deployed, well managed and properly trained.

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Steady progress for citizenship education

The teaching of citizenship is improving but some schools have limited understanding of what is required to provide an effective citizenship education according to Citizenship established?.The report shows schools are making encouraging progress in establishing citizenship as a secure part of the curriculum.

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Creative approaches to learning can help raise school standards, but secure subject knowledge and careful planning are vital

Creative approaches to learning can help raise school standards, but secure subject knowledge and careful planning are vital according to Learning: creative approaches that raise standards. The report confirms that pupils’ motivation, progress and attainment in primary and secondary schools were improved by creative approaches to learning.

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Single equality scheme consultation – Stage two

Ofsted is preparing its first single equality scheme. This is the second stage of the consultation, the first stage identified the priority equality objectives which have shaped the scheme so far.

The closing date for the consultation is 12 March 2010.

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