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

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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Repeating allegations originally made in August, the newspaper published extracts from a number of emails that it claimed contradicted the findings of an internal investigation conducted by Sir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.

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Olympic legacy funds are helping primary school pupils, says inspectorate

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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.

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Olympic legacy funds are helping primary school pupils, says inspectorate

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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.

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Ofsted consults on radical changes to inspection

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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.

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Ofsted consults on radical changes to inspection

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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.

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

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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:

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

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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.

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

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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.

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

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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.

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

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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.

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Ofsted begins series of no notice school inspections

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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.

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Ofsted begins series of no notice school inspections

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 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.

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Revised guidance for inspections of non-association independent schools

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 sec ago

On 31 July 2014, Ofsted published the revised guidance for inspections of maintained schools and academies. We announced that we had significantly reduced the amount of published guidance for inspectors, schools and other stakeholders, and that many elements of previous guidance documents are now included in a new training programme for inspectors.

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Ofsted reports back to Wolverhampton Council following focused school inspections

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 sec ago

Following the recent inspections of thirteen schools in Wolverhampton in June 2014, Ofsted has written to Wolverhampton City Council to report its findings.

The focused inspections are part of a concerted programme of action by Ofsted to establish why children in some parts of the country have a much lower chance of attending a good or better school than their peers in other similar areas.

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Ofsted reports back to Wolverhampton Council following focused school inspections

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 sec ago

Following the recent inspections of thirteen schools in Wolverhampton in June 2014, Ofsted has written to Wolverhampton City Council to report its findings.

The focused inspections are part of a concerted programme of action by Ofsted to establish why children in some parts of the country have a much lower chance of attending a good or better school than their peers in other similar areas.

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Ofsted Further Education and Skills Annual Lecture: Securing a better future for all at 16 and beyond

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 sec ago

Too many young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or their whereabouts are unknown, despite efforts to tackle the problem, Ofsted’s Director for Further Education and Skills, Lorna Fitzjohn, has said today.

Figures show that nearly 1.18 million young people aged 16 to 24 are not in full-time education, training or work. On top of this, the number of young people whose whereabouts are completely unknown is increasing.

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Ofsted Further Education and Skills Annual Lecture: Securing a better future for all at 16 and beyond

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 sec ago

Too many young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or their whereabouts are unknown, despite efforts to tackle the problem, Ofsted’s Director for Further Education and Skills, Lorna Fitzjohn, has said today.

Figures show that nearly 1.18 million young people aged 16 to 24 are not in full-time education, training or work. On top of this, the number of young people whose whereabouts are completely unknown is increasing.

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Childminder agency handbook published today

Ofsted News Feed - 20 min 48 sec ago

Today marks the publication of our new Childminder agency handbook, along with the application forms that people will need if they wish to apply to become an agency.

Taken together these documents provide guidance to those wishing to become agencies about how to apply, as well as information on how Ofsted will regulate agencies once they are registered.

We will publish further information about our inspection of childminder agencies before we begin our first round of inspections early next year.

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