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Issue 25 March 2014

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Across Ofsted

Outstanding providers – In December, we published the list of outstanding providers for 2012/13. The providers listed are those judged outstanding overall during the academic year (or financial year for social care providers). The list includes early years registered providers, maintained schools, independent schools, colleges, independent learning providers, adult education and children’s social care.

Schedule for the release of official statistics – We have updated our planned schedule for the release of official statistics by Ofsted for the period up to December 2014. We have indicated the month of release and will add the precise date nearer the time – at least one month before publication.

Schools

Ofsted publishes results of inspections of academies in E-ACT, a Multi-Academy Trust - Ofsted has published the outcome letter for the recent series of inspections of academies within the E-ACT Multi-Academy Trust. This is the first coordinated inspection of constituent schools belonging to a single academy chain.

Ofsted chief unveils new blueprint for inspecting good and outstanding schools - Ofsted’s Chief Inspector proposed a new way of inspecting the majority of schools in England.

Peterborough Council's support for school improvement is found effective, reports Ofsted - Strategies to improve the education outcomes for children and young people in Peterborough are having positive results, a report published by Ofsted finds.

Ofsted consults on plans to introduce separate judgements for early years and sixth form - Ofsted set out proposals for introducing separate graded judgments on the quality of nursery and reception, and post-16 provision in its school inspection reports.

Middlesbrough Council’s support for school improvement is found 'ineffective' reports Ofsted - A third of pupils overall, and over half of secondary-aged children, attend a school in Middlesbrough that is less than good, says Ofsted.

School Data Dashboard update - For Key Stages 1 and 2, the School Data Dashboard was updated with 2013 results on 6 March 2014. For Key Stage 4, the School Data Dashboard will be updated in April 2014 when school performance data are final and not subject to change

Ofsted brings together South East leaders to tackle attainment gap - School leaders and senior council officials convened at the Ofsted South East Leadership Conference to discuss how to close the attainment gap between wealthier and poorer pupils.

Suffolk County Council's support for school improvement is ineffective, says Ofsted - The life chances of young people in Suffolk are being damaged by the local authority’s failure to challenge and support schools, according to Ofsted.

New framework for inspecting non-association independent schools - This gives the statutory basis for inspection and summarises the main features of school inspections carried out under section 162A of the Education Act 2002, as inserted by schedule 8 of the Education Act 2005. It sets out how the general principles and processes of inspection are applied to non-association independent schools in England. This framework should be read alongside the Non-association independent school inspection handbook.

HMCI's speech at the Association of School and College Leaders Annual Conference 2014 - A speech was given by Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, at the Association of School and College Leaders Annual Conference 2014 on 21 March 2014.

Inspection of non-association independent schools - a report on the responses to the consultation about the new framework for inspecting non-association independent schools to be introduced in April 2014.

Latest official statistics: maintained school inspections and outcomes - now published.

Parent View – Schools across England are actively promoting Ofsted’s online questionnaire to encourage more and more parents and carers to fill it in. There’s a toolkit on the Ofsted website to help schools promote Parent View during an inspection and throughout the year, including a leaflet, poster and case studies. There’s also a video demonstrating how to register, complete the questionnaire and set up alerts about schools. The toolkit, leaflet and video are all on the Ofsted website.

Are your details on EduBase up to date? – Schools should notify EduBase when there are any changes to details, such as a new headteacher or a change in email address. You can update your details by logging in with your EduBase unique login details. To contact the EduBase service desk, email helpdesk@edubase.education.gov.uk.

Good practice

Thinking through religious education - This example shows how religious education (RE) at Haslingden High School encourages students to think critically about a wide range of religious, ethical and philosophical questions. In doing this it demonstrates how many of the challenges facing RE reported in the 2013 Ofsted report Religious education: realising the potential can be addressed successfully.

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Neglected children must be better protected - More must be done to identify and respond effectively to neglect at the earliest stages so that the most vulnerable children in our society do not remain too long in families where they come to harm, a new report from Ofsted says.

Responses to Ofsted consultation on the inspection of children's homes - a report on the outcomes of the consultation about the arrangements for the inspection of children’s homes. We consulted on four key proposals between 13 December 2013 and 18 February 2014 and we received 126 written responses. We also value the thought-provoking contributions from children and young people. We are very appreciative of all the support and input we have had in developing these proposals.

Latest children's homes inspection statistics - now published.

Good practice

Removing barriers to foster care recruitment - Amid a backdrop of increasing financial pressures on local authorities to make savings combined with a rise in numbers, nationally, of children coming in to care, Kirklees Council has adopted a marketing framework to help them in their recruitment of foster carers. This approach has been used to develop a long-term recruitment strategy that is facilitating the effective planning, delivery, evaluation and review of fostering services for children.

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Further education and skills

Teachers and staff are helping re-engage and improve outcomes for disadvantaged young people in London, Ofsted finds - Young people in London, many of whom are not in education, employment or training (NEET), are being helped to re-engage with study and learning by college teachers and staff, an Ofsted report has found.

Latest further education and skills statistics - now published.

Are your details on EduBase up to date? – Colleges should notify EduBase when there are any changes to details, such as a new Principal or a change in email address. You can update your details by logging in with your EduBase unique login details. To contact the EduBase service desk, email helpdesk@edubase.education.gov.uk.

Good practice

Collaborative curriculum design providing clear line of sight to work - Leeds City College’s level 3 diploma in theatrical, special effects, hair and media make-up provides a blend of practical and theoretical teaching and learning pedagogies that has been co-designed with industry partners. The course also provides students with a clear line of sight to work through meaningful and relevant experiences of the real world of work.

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Early years and childcare

Ofsted consults on plans to introduce separate judgements for early years and sixth form - Ofsted set out proposals for introducing separate graded judgments on the quality of nursery and reception, and post-16 provision in its school inspection reports.

Latest early years and children's centre statistics - now published.

Good practice

Removing barriers to foster care recruitment - The childminder develops excellent partnerships with parents and carers that focus firmly on supporting children’s well-being, learning and development. This gives each child a firm foundation for their future achievement.

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