Science teaching must maintain pupils’ curiosity – School leaders and teachers must maintain pupils’ curiosity in science if Britain plc is to compete in the global race.
An Ofsted report, Maintaining curiosity: a survey into science education in schools, finds that the more pupils do science for themselves, the more they learn, the more interested they become, and the more likely they are to continue to study science in the future. This will present them with opportunities and help the UK maintain an internationally competitive economy.
Local authorities are failing in their duties to children who are missing education – Too many children, often the most vulnerable, are either missing out on full-time education or not getting the part-time education they are entitled to, according to the Ofsted report Pupils missing out on education.
The report finds that too many local authorities do not know how much education some pupils, such as excluded children and those with mental and physical health needs who do not attend school in the usual way, receive. Only a third of the local authorities visited for the survey kept a close enough eye on these children and gathered information and analysed it centrally.
Ofsted challenges music hubs to improve music education for all – The new approach to supporting music education in schools – music hubs – has not been successful enough in improving music education for all children in schools, according to an Ofsted report published in November. Ofsted is now challenging them to do better.
Music in schools: what hubs must do finds that many hubs do valuable work in providing instrumental teaching and supporting local orchestras, choirs, festivals and music courses as well as building local partnerships. But this work reaches only a minority of pupils.
In fact, only a third of the hubs in this survey had started to work differently by beginning, at least, to improve the dialogue about music education for all pupils in schools.
Music hubs were set up across England in response to the National Plan for Music Education. Funded through the Arts Council, the hubs have defined roles including ensuring that every child sings regularly and learns a musical instrument in normal school class lessons.
In these short interviews, Susan Robertson, Richard Jones and Peter Bolton – leaders of the Tees Valley, South Gloucestershire and Kent (Soundhub) music hubs – explain some successes and difficulties in developing their hubs’ work in challenging and supporting schools to improve their music teaching and curriculum for all pupils.
Pupil attainment: HMCI speech – Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, gave this speech at Westminster Education Forum on 7 November 2013.
Ofsted reports back to Suffolk and Northumberland county councils following focused inspections – Following the recent inspections of 33 schools in Suffolk in September and of 17 schools in Northumberland in October, Ofsted has written to both county councils to advise them of the respective findings.
Rate your child's school on Parent View – When a school is being inspected, parents and carers are asked to complete Parent View – Ofsted's online questionnaire – instead of the previous paper questionnaire. You can also fill in Parent View at any time of the academic year. You just need to register on Parent View with your email address and choose a password. It only takes a few minutes to answer the 12 questions and give your views on your child’s school.
Languages at the heart of the curriculum – The approach to teaching Spanish at St Austin’s Primary School in Liverpool is based on content and language integrated learning (CLIL). Links with Spain and its culture provide rich opportunities to develop the pupils’ understanding and appreciation. Modern language learning is for all pupils; disabled pupils, those who have special educational needs and pupils who speak English as an additional language make especially good progress.
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