The best schools use professional development to help drive improvement

The best schools are excellent at developing their staff and are highly effective in using continuing professional development as a way to help bring about improved standards at their school, according to Good professional development in schools. The report sets out the progress schools are making with regards to the ongoing training of teachers and other staff. Inspectors visited two nursery schools, 13 primary schools, 24 secondary schools and one special school, where previous inspections had indicated that practice in professional development was good or outstanding.

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Ofsted finds careers advice is still hit and miss

Not all young people are getting good careers advice and this is leaving them at risk of making poorly informed choices about their future, according to Moving through the system. The report shows that the quality of careers information, advice and guidance given to young people varied considerably across England and, in some cases, failed to meet the needs of those most at risk of ending up not in education, employment or training.

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Tackling the NEET problem – how local authorities are getting young people back into education, employment and training

While the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training continues to rise, Reducing the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training: what works and why shows that local authorities can make a big impact on reducing the number of young people in this category.

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New inspection framework promoting improvement for schools and children

Official data showing inspection outcomes for the first four months of the new inspection framework reflect Ofsted’s sharper focus on weaker schools and confirm that by emphasising the overall achievement of all pupils, in particular their progress as well as the quality of classroom teaching and learning, Ofsted is providing the additional challenge to schools that the new inspections were intended to provide.

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Whistleblowing to Ofsted about local authority safeguarding services

In April 2009, Ofsted set up a whistleblowing hotline to enable council employees and others working with children and young people to raise concerns with us about safeguarding practices and procedures. There is evidence from the calls received to date that our stakeholders are not clear about Ofsted’s powers in relation to whistleblowing. This consultation presents a revised draft of our whistleblowing policy and guidance.

The closing date for the consultation is 18 June 2010.

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Annual Report 2008/09


The Report principally presents evidence from inspection and regulatory visits undertaken by Ofsted between September 2008 and August 2009.

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Outstanding Providers 2008/09

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The list of providers judged to be outstanding following an inspection in 2008/09 is now live. You can view the new list on the link below.

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