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Ofsted announces new plans for inspection of children's home

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

Inspection framework will put experiences of vulnerable children at the heart of how children's homes are inspected.

Ofsted has today announced proposals for a tough new inspection framework to improve standards in children’s homes. The plans will put the experiences and outcomes of the most vulnerable children in our society at the heart of how homes are regulated and inspected.

Categories: Education

Ofsted announces new plans for inspection of children's homes

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

Inspection framework will put experiences of vulnerable children at the heart of how children's homes are inspected.

Ofsted has today announced proposals for a tough new inspection framework to improve standards in children’s homes. The plans will put the experiences and outcomes of the most vulnerable children in our society at the heart of how homes are regulated and inspected.

Categories: Education

Ofsted calls for prevention of child sexual exploitation to be given higher priority

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

Local authorities have been too slow to face up to their responsibilities to prevent child sexual exploitation, according to an Ofsted report published today.

In the first ever in-depth survey into how local authorities are dealing with the sexual exploitation of children, Ofsted finds that the risk of exploitation is still not well understood in many areas.

Categories: Education

Ofsted calls for prevention of child sexual exploitation to be given higher priority

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

Local authorities have been too slow to face up to their responsibilities to prevent child sexual exploitation, according to an Ofsted report published today.

In the first ever in-depth survey into how local authorities are dealing with the sexual exploitation of children, Ofsted finds that the risk of exploitation is still not well understood in many areas.

Categories: Education

Transforming vocational education: Her Majesty's Chief Inspector calls for more employer involvement in shaping and delivering vocational education

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

Sir Michael Wilshaw challenged employers to play a greater part in the provision of vocational education at a speech to the CBI in Cambridge today.

Calling for a parity of esteem between traditional academic routes and vocational training, Sir Michael said: “We are at a watershed moment in the history of our education system. The economy is improving, jobs are more plentiful, and there is cross-party agreement on the need for more high-quality apprenticeships.

Categories: Education

Transforming vocational education: Her Majesty's Chief Inspector calls for more employer involvement in shaping and delivering vocational education

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

Sir Michael Wilshaw challenged employers to play a greater part in the provision of vocational education at a speech to the CBI in Cambridge today.

Calling for a parity of esteem between traditional academic routes and vocational training, Sir Michael said: “We are at a watershed moment in the history of our education system. The economy is improving, jobs are more plentiful, and there is cross-party agreement on the need for more high-quality apprenticeships.

Categories: Education

Ofsted statement on Norfolk inspection allegations

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

HM Chief Inspector today (24 October) announced his intention, in the light of new evidence, to appoint an independent figure to review and assure the internal investigation carried out by Ofsted into alleged inspection irregularities in three Norfolk schools.

The report, by Sir Robin Bosher, Ofsted’s Director of Quality and Training, was published on 23 September.

Categories: Education

Ofsted responds to the latest allegations of inspection irregularities in three Norfolk schools

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

Yesterday (19 October), the Observer newspaper published further claims that schools run by Dame Rachel de Souza, chief executive of the Inspiration Trust, had been given advance notice of Ofsted inspection dates.

Repeating allegations originally made in August, the newspaper published extracts from a number of emails that it claimed contradicted the findings of an internal investigation conducted by Sir Robin Bosher, Ofsted’s Director of Quality and Training, that was published on 23 September.

Categories: Education

Olympic legacy funds are helping primary school pupils, says inspectorate

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

New funding for primary schools is improving children’s PE skills and participation in sport, a new Ofsted report says today.

Ofsted undertook this survey of 22 schools previously identified as performing well in PE. It evaluates the effectiveness of the Primary PE and Sport Premium, which the government introduced to all primary schools in England in 2013 to build on the 2012 Olympic legacy. School leaders are able to choose how they spend their funding as long as it improves the quality and breadth of PE and sport.

Categories: Education

Olympic legacy funds are helping primary school pupils, says inspectorate

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

New funding for primary schools is improving children’s PE skills and participation in sport, a new Ofsted report says today.

Ofsted undertook this survey of 22 schools previously identified as performing well in PE. It evaluates the effectiveness of the Primary PE and Sport Premium, which the government introduced to all primary schools in England in 2013 to build on the 2012 Olympic legacy. School leaders are able to choose how they spend their funding as long as it improves the quality and breadth of PE and sport.

Categories: Education

Ofsted consults on radical changes to inspection

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector today set out proposals for some of the most far-reaching reforms to education inspection in the last quarter of a century.

Launching an eight-week consultation, Sir Michael Wilshaw said the reforms would bring about a radically different inspection regime designed to maintain and accelerate improved educational standards in England.

Sir Michael said:

'Most schools and colleges have been improving over the past couple of years at a faster rate than ever before.

Categories: Education

Ofsted consults on radical changes to inspection

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector today set out proposals for some of the most far-reaching reforms to education inspection in the last quarter of a century.

Launching an eight-week consultation, Sir Michael Wilshaw said the reforms would bring about a radically different inspection regime designed to maintain and accelerate improved educational standards in England.

The consultation and press release are available below.

Categories: Education

Ofsted's National Director Mike Cladingbowl to leave the post of National Director of Inspection Reform on 1 January 2015

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

National Director of Inspection Reform Michael Cladingbowl will be leaving his post on 1 January 2015 to become the executive principal of a new multi-academy trust, Ofsted announced today.

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said:

Categories: Education

Failure of leadership in tackling poor behaviour costing pupils up to an hour of learning a day

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

Low-level disruptive behaviour in classrooms across the country is impeding children’s learning and damaging their life chances, according to an Ofsted report published today (25 September). The report finds that pupils are potentially losing up to an hour of learning each day in English schools because of low-level disruption in the classroom – the equivalent of 38 days of teaching lost per year.

Categories: Education

Failure of leadership in tackling poor behaviour costing pupils up to an hour of learning a day

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

Low-level disruptive behaviour in classrooms across the country is impeding children’s learning and damaging their life chances, according to an Ofsted report published today (25 September). The report finds that pupils are potentially losing up to an hour of learning each day in English schools because of low-level disruption in the classroom – the equivalent of 38 days of teaching lost per year.

Categories: Education

Ofsted finds the need for excellent teaching in further education has never been more important

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

The importance of consistently good or better teaching, learning and assessment has never been more significant for learners in further education according to an Ofsted report published today.

Categories: Education

Ofsted finds the need for excellent teaching in further education has never been more important

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

The importance of consistently good or better teaching, learning and assessment has never been more significant for learners in further education according to an Ofsted report published today.

Categories: Education

Ofsted begins series of no notice school inspections

Ofsted News Feed - 52 min 2 sec ago

HM Inspectors are mounting a wave of no notice inspections of schools across every region in England, Ofsted announced today.

Around 40 schools up and down the country have been selected for the two-day unannounced inspections during a two-week window in September, under powers already available to the inspectorate.

Categories: Education

What you need to know before the open

European markets are expecting to open down across the board this morning. The FTSE 100 is expected to open two to six points lower, Germany's DAX three points and France's CAC 40 one point, according to analysts at Thompson Reuters. Cautious investors will be monitoring the outcome of talks between the US and Iran over the latter's controversial nuclear enrichment programme. An agreement ahead of today's deadline has looked increasingly unlikely. In Asia markets are on the rise after the People's Bank of China announced its first benchmark rate cut in two years on Friday. The benchmark lending rate was cut by 0.4 percentage points to 5.6 per cent, while its deposit rate was cut by 0.25 percentage points to 2.75 per cent.  Analysts expect the uneven cut between lending and deposit rates to constrict banks' margins, suggesting that once the initial rally cools off, bank stocks will underperform in the coming months.

Corporate news

Cranswick PLC, the leading UK food producer, recorded revenues of £481.5m for the six months ended 30 September 2014. That's a drop from £483.5m at the same time last year, but the company recorded positive earnings momentum as adjusted earnings per share rose by 7.3 per cent. Oilfield services provider Petrofac Limited are expecting net profit for 2015 to fall by $45m following a "difficult period" which has seen oil prices plummet. Toronto private equity firm Onex will purchase Swiss packaging company SIG Combibloc for up to €3.75bn. Data in focus
  • 09:00am, Germany, IFO Current Assessment
  • 09:00am, Germany, IFO Expectations
  • 14.45pm, US, November, Markit Services PMI
  • 14.45pm, US, November, Markit PMI Composite
Categories: City of London

From battery factory to code cracker

BBC Manchester - 2 hours 24 min ago
Helping to solve the WW2 Enigma code riddle
Categories: Manchester