Inspection reports

Surveys

Ofsted carries out an annual programme of subject and thematic surveys alongside its main inspection programme of providers such as schools and nurseries.

The survey programme serves a range of purposes. Depending on the subject chosen, a survey provides an opportunity to focus on specific issues in greater detail than is possible during an institutional inspection. Alternatively, it may explore an aspect that falls outside the current inspection framework, or may sample provision in areas of our remit not currently subject to an inspection programme. In surveys we can examine relationships between institutions and between providers and other agencies. We can evaluate the impact on providers and learners of recent policy developments. In good practice surveys, we highlight the features of what works well to promote quality improvement.

Unseen children: access and achievement 20 years on

Twenty years ago, Ofsted published Access and achievement in urban education, a report looking at seven urban areas with high levels of deprivation. David Bell returned to the theme in his time as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) in a lecture 10 years later and, in June 2013, Sir Michael Wilshaw as HMCI launched a new set of findings, 20 years on from the first report.

You can see the report and related materials on the Access and achievement page.

Latest surveys

Education and care surveys

Social care surveys

Further education and skills surveys

Education and care

Report title Reference number Publication date
Are you ready? Good practice in school readiness 140074 3 April 2014

Maintaining curiosity: a survey into science education in schools

130135 21 November 2013
Pupils missing out on education 130048 19 November 2013
Music in schools: what hubs must do 130231 15 November 2013
Citizenship consolidated? A survey of citizenship in schools between 2009 and 2012 120314 11 October 2013
Religious education: realising the potential 130068 6 October 2013
Going in the right direction? Careers guidance in schools from September 2012 130114 10 September 2013
Getting it right first time: achieving and maintaining high-quality early years provision 130117 3 July 2013
The most able students: are they doing as well as they should in our non-selective secondary schools? 130118 13 June 2013
Not yet good enough: personal, social, health and economic education in schools 130065 1 May 2013
Improving literacy in secondary schools: a shared responsibility 120363 23 April 2013
Schools' use of early entry to GCSE examinations 120198 1 March 2013
Beyond 2012 - outstanding physical education for all 120367 14 February 2013
The Pupil Premium: how schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement 130016 11 February 2013
From training to teaching early language and literacy 120031 16 November 2012
Music in schools: sound partnerships 120282 5 October 2012
Getting to good: how headteachers achieve success 120167 20 September 2012
The Pupil Premium 120197 20 September 2012
No place for bullying 110179 19 June 2012
Mathematics: made to measure 110159 22 May 2012
Making a mark: art, craft and design education 2008-11 110135 30 March 2012
Moving English forward 110118 15 March 2012
Music in schools: wider still, and wider 110158 2 March 2012
ICT in schools 2008-2011 110134 14 December 2011
Good practice in primary mathematics: evidence from 20 successful schools 110140 13 November 2011
Leadership of more than one school 100234 22 September 2011
Safeguarding in schools: best practice 100240 2 September 2011
Supporting children with challenging behaviour through a nurture group approach 100230 12 July 2011
School Sport Partnerships 100237 24 June 2011
Alternative provision 100233 21 June 2011
Economics, business and enterprise education 100086 8 June 2011
Children in service families 100227 20 May 2011
School Governance: learning from the best 100238 18 May 2011
Excellence in English 100229 13 May 2011
Girls' career aspirations 090239 12 April 2011
The impact of the 'Assessing pupils' progress' initiative 100226 4 April 2011
Schools and parents 100044 1 April 2011
Meeting technological challenges? 100121 25 March 2011
History for all 090223 13 March 2011
Geography – Learning to make a world of difference 090224 4 February 2011
The impact of the Early Years Foundation Stage 100231 10 February 2011
Removing barriers to literacy 090237 21 January 2011
Modern languages: achievement and challenge 2007–2010 100042 11 January 2011
Successful science 100034 7 January 2011
London Challenge 100192 10 December 2010
Developing leadership: National Support Schools 090232 3 December 2010
Reading by six: how the best schools do it 100197 14 November 2010
Improving outcomes for children and young people through partnership in Children’s Trusts 090234 3 November 2010
The special educational needs and disability review 090221 14 September 2010
Finnish pupils' success in mathematics 100105 10 September 2010
Children missing from education 100041 17 August 2010
Personal, social, health and economic education in schools 090222 23 July 2010
Food in schools 090230 25 June 2010
Local authorities and home education 090267 17 June 2010
Transforming religious education 090215 6 June 2010
Guidance for students studying science 100045

21 May 2010

Going in the right direction? Careers guidance in schools from September 2012 130114 10 September 2013

Social care

Report title Reference number Publication date
From a distance: looked after children living away from their home area 140064 8 April 2014
In the child's time: professional responses to neglect 140059 26 March 2014
Independent reviewing officers: taking up the challenge? 130113 7 June 2013
What about the children? 130066 25 March 2013
Missing children 120364 8 February 2013
Children's views on restraint (2012) 120029 4 December 2012
Communication is the key 120169 17 October 2012
Running away (2012) 120022 16 October 2012
The impact of virtual schools on the educational progress of looked after children 120165 11 October 2012
Protecting disabled children: thematic inspection 120122 22 August 2012
Measuring happiness 120025 20 July 2012
Learning independence 120003 21 May 2012
Right on time: exploring delays in adoption 120010 2 April 2012
High expectations, high support and high challenge 110120 1 February 2012
Good practice by Local Safeguarding Children Boards                      110079 15 September 2011
Outstanding children’s homes 100228 2 March 2011
Outstanding local authority children’s services 2009 100040 13 August 2010
Admission and discharge from secure accommodation 090228 12 August 2010
Edging away from care - how services successfully prevent young people entering care 110082 26 October 2011

Further education and skills

Report title Reference number Publication date
Supporting young people to participate in education and training 140039 28 February 2014
Good practice in land-based education and training 140034 26 February 2014
Improving attendance and punctuality 130212 17 October 2013
Lessons from the Foundation Learning provision for the new 16 to 19 Study Programmes 130115 4 June 2013
Local accountability and autonomy in colleges 130067 15 March 2013
Critical issues in the provision of youth work for young disabled people 130018 31 January 2013
Virtual Learning Environments: e-portfolio 120361 8 January 2013
Promoting enterprise in vocational courses for 16–19-year-old students in colleges 120020 21 November 2012
Welfare and duty of care in Armed Forces initial training 120168 26 October 2012
Ensuring quality in apprenticeships 120153 24 October 2012
How colleges improve 120166 27 September 2012
Skills for employment 110178 12 July 2012
Apprenticeships for young people 110177 11 April 2012
Choosing to volunteer 110119 5 December 2011
Improving science in colleges 110081 14 October 2011
Progression post-16 for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities 100232 23 August 2011
An evaluation of approaches to commissioning young people's services 110043 9 August 2011
Best practice in safeguarding in colleges 100239 11 April 2011
Tackling the challenge of low numeracy skills in young people and adults 100225 8 April 2011
Diplomas: the second year 090240 26 October 2010
Learning from the best: examples of best practice from providers of apprenticeships in underperforming vocational areas 090225 15 October 2010
Good practice in involving employers in work-related education and training 090227 5 October 2010
Supporting young people – an evaluation of recent reforms to youth support services in 11 local areas 090226 20 July 2010
Twelve outstanding providers of work-based learning 100112 14 July 2010
Transition through detention and custody 090115

27 May 2010

Annual Report 2012/13

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