The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages. It regulates and inspects childcare and children's social care, and inspects the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), schools, colleges, initial teacher training, further education and skills, adult and community learning, and education and training in prisons and other secure establishments. It assesses council children’s services, and inspects services for children looked after, safeguarding and child protection.
22(5) : In relation to staff not directly employed by the school, the register must show whether written notification has been received from the employment business that it has carried out the checks referred to in 20(2)(a) together with the date the written notification that each check was made or certificate obtained, was received. Checks required include: the person’s identity ; that the person is not barred from regulated activity relating to children in accordance with section 3(2) of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (ISA barred list), or there is no direction made under section 142 of the 2002 Act in respect of that person (List 99), or disqualification, prohibition or restriction having the same effect; where appropriate the person’s qualifications; in the case of any person for whom, by reason of living or having lived outside the United Kingdom, checks in regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State; the person’s right to work in the United Kingdom; an enhanced criminal record bureau (CRB) check or has obtained a certificate in response to such a check made by it or another employment business. [Incomplete] 3
Academy converters are schools which have opted to become an academy, most of which were good or outstanding local authority maintained schools before they became an academy. They do not have to follow the national curriculum and can set their own term times. They still have to follow the same rules on admissions, special educational needs and exclusions as other stateschools.
The Education Act 1994 provides the remit for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) to inspect initial training of teachers for schools and, when requested by the Secretary of State, a duty to do so. The Education and Inspections Act 2006 and the Education and Inspections (Prescribed Education and Training etc) Regulations 2007 extended the remit of HMCI to cover the inspection of publicly funded training of further education teachers. A single initial teacher education (ITE) provider can be inspected for more than one age phase partnership, resulting in several sets of inspection judgements. For inspections up to August 2013, ITE providers could be inspected for primary, secondary and further education phases, and also separately for employment-based routes (EBRs); therefore one inspection could result in up to four sets of judgements. However from 1 September 2013, the
Provisional statistics indicate there were 545 full inspections of 540 children’s homes during 1 October 2013 to 31 December 2013; five homes that were initially judged inadequate were inspected again in the period. This equates to inspections of 26% of the 2,067 children’s homes active at 30 September 2013. The 540 children’s homes inspected accounted for 25% (or approximately 2,960 places) of the total national children’s homes capacity in the period. 1 (Table 1)
3. The state of the nation figures show the most recent inspection outcomes for centres open at the end of the reporting period. Under the new framework, some former single centres are now inspected as part of a children’s centre group. Where centres in these groups have been inspected previously, these grades are removed from the state of nation figures once the new group has been inspected. This affects six centres in this release. Data on which centres are working as children’s centre groups are based on data received from the Department for Education (DfE), based on data submitted to the DfE by local authorities through the Sure Start_On database.
The statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was introduced on 1 September 2008. Between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2014, Ofsted has inspected 65,301 of the early years providers which were active on the Early Years Register as at 31 August 2014. Eighty per cent of these active providers were judged good or outstanding for overall effectiveness at their most recent inspection. This shows an increase of one
3. Various factors have contributed to the increase in the proportion of good schools. Under the new framework, schools judged satisfactory at their previous inspection are re-inspected earlier and these schools are more likely to show improvement at inspection than good schools. Furthermore certain schools previously judged to be outstanding (including maintained primary and secondary schools and academies) are exempt from future inspection and therefore remain outstanding, unless there are concerns about their performance. Consequently some of the eight percentage point increase in the proportion of good or better schools in England reflects changes in the inspection selection practice.
In the inspection year to date between 1 September 2011 and 31 December 2011, there were 98 full inspections and four full re-inspections of learning and skills providers. This included 27 colleges, 43 independent learning providers, 19 adult and community learning providers, five prison and young offender institutions and two Next Step providers. Ofsted also carried out three inspections of Dance and Drama Awards schemes in colleges and three inspections of further education in higher education institutions.
Table 4 shows the total value of reserves as a percentage of delegated schools expenditure at the end of 2010-11. The total deficit for schools with negative reserves was £3 million for primary and £10 million for secondary schools. Reserves in schools with over 10% of their delegated expenditure amounted to £17 million for primary and £4 million for secondary schools.
20(2)(e) : In the case of supply staff who care for, train, supervise or are in charge of children for whom accommodation is provided, has a check been made by the proprietor that Standard 38 of the national minimum standards for boarding schools, or where applicable, Standard 27 of the national minimum standards for Residential Special Schools, are complied with? (Please note that the requirement is not applicable where: a school in England in a position where the person had regular contact with children or young persons; a maintained school in England in a position to which the person was appointed on or after 12 May 2006 and which did not bring the person regularly into contact with children or young persons or an institution within the further education sector in England in a position which involved the provision of education or which brought the person regularly into contact with children or young persons.) In the case of supply staff who care for, train, supervise or are in charge of children for whom accommodation is provided, has a check been made by the proprietor?
• The overall level of reserves held by schools in Wales was £60 million at 31March 2014, the equivalent of £132 per pupil (table 1) and the lowest level since at least 2001. This is a decrease of 13.9% compared with the previous year (table 2). Reserves in primary schools accounted for £43 million or 72% of the total (table 4).
Since 31March 2014, the number of childminders has decreased by 3,615 (7%); a continuing trend that has seen numbers decrease for the last 3 years. However, the number of providers of childcare on non-domestic premises has increased by 297 (1%) since March 2014.
Between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, there have been 364 inspections of further education and skills providers. This consisted of 133 inspections of colleges, 140 inspections of independent learning providers and 71 inspections of community learning and skills providers. Ofsted has also carried out two inspections of post-16 free schools and two post- 16 academy converters, as well as six inspections of National Careers Service providers and ten inspections of further education in higher education institutions. Ofsted also contributed to the inspections of 49 prison and young offender institutions where the reports were published between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014.
2. Announced inspections of safeguarding and services for looked after children run on a three-year cycle. The first inspections took place in June 2009 and the last inspection took place during July 2012. As at 31 July 2012, there had been 160 inspections of safeguarding and looked after children's services completed, including two full inspections and six re- inspections of safeguarding only. Over the whole period all 151 local authorities have been inspected for both service areas. 3. The framework for the safeguarding and the looked after children inspections was reviewed during the three-year inspection cycle and a revised framework, incorporating minor changes, was introduced in November 2010. The first inspections took place under the revised framework from week beginning 27 November 2010. The judgements for Overall effectiveness and Capacity to improve are comparable and judgements for both inspection frameworks are therefore included in the table.
The number and percentage of schools judged to be inadequate or requires improvement is likely to increase in the revised version of these figures. Approximately 40 inspections took place in the period April 2013 to June 2013 but the reports were not published by August 2013. The majority of these are likely to be of inadequate schools because the process of moderation means inspections leading to this judgement take longer to publish. An equivalent change can be seen in the previous quarter’s results, as discussed below in the section on “Impact of revisions on key points of previous release”.
The proportion of good or outstanding secondary schools has risen in all but one of the nine government regions. The proportion in the North East has fallen by two percentage points since August 2015 and is now the poorest performing region; 43,000 pupils in secondary schools in the North East receive an education in a school that is less than good. Conversely the region which saw the greatest increase in the proportion of good or outstanding secondary schools between August and December was Yorkshire and the Humber, which increased by three percentage points. Ofsted is structured around eight regions with the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber combined in to a single region. The proportion of good or outstanding secondary schools in the combined region rose by one percentage point since August 2015, but there is considerably variation across the region.
11. Early years registered childcare provision is inspected under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006. Integrated inspection reports may also cover the requirements of the Children Act 1989 and the Care Standards Act 2000 for boarding provision. The inspection outcomes from these providers are included in this release. Where the provision is managed by the school, the inspection will not normally be carried out at the same time as the section 5 inspection. The quality of the childcare provision is evaluated and reported on in a
54. Data indicating whether schools are opened or closed and their type and phase of education is obtained from Edubase. The quality of data relating to school opening and closures is considered to be good. Changes that occur as a result of schools converting to academy status, or closing to become sponsor-led academies are managed centrally by the DfE’s Academies Operations and Strategies team. The process for changes undergoes monthly reconciliation checks against other data systems within the DfE. Some issues have been identified around the closure, merger and amalgamation of local authority maintained schools. Local authorities do not always inform the DfE of these changes, and therefore these are sometimes identified after the event. These discrepancies are usually picked up as part of checks built into other processes. 55. Official statistics produced before April 2016 used two different sets of Edubase
4. Statistics relating to the most recent inspection outcome of providers include inspections from 1 September 2008 up to 31 October 2013, where the inspection report was also published at that date. This means that where the most recent inspection outcome of a provider took place during the period, but the report was not published at the end of the period, it will be excluded from the analysis. Where there is one, the outcome of the next most recent inspection will be included in the analysis instead.