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Ofsted Annual Report.

The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2017/18

Presented to Parliament pursuant to section 121of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed4 December 2018.

Ofsted

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Amanda Spielman speech on launch of Ofsted report.

Good morning everyone, and thank you so much for taking the time to come and hear the findings from my second Annual Report as Chief Inspector. This report, as many of you will know, summarises the findings from all our inspections, visits and research over the past year. It’s our opportunity both to comment on the quality of education, training and care services in England and, perhaps more importantly, our chance to highlight the areas where performance is lagging behind.

That bird’s-eye view matters because, as our strategy makes plain, there is no point inspecting or regulating unless it supports improvement. And some of that improvement comes at the level of providers responding to their individual report. But equally important is how those of us acting at the system level respond to the big challenges that can’t be tackled by one local authority or school or college alone.  For that reason, I hope this report manages to cut through at least some of the Brexit din and to inform policy makers and help practitioners drive up standards in the years ahead.

Our focus on improvement does mean that media coverage of this report always leads on the areas that aren’t yet good enough. At one level, that’s how it should be: we’re not in this business to slap each other on the back and tell each other what a good job we are doing. Young people get just one shot at childhood, which leaves no room for complacency. On the other hand, I know it can seem as though we paint an overly pessimistic picture. That’s why I want to start by reiterating this message: the quality of education and care in England is good and it is improving. Our headline inspection figures tell that story:

  • 95% of early years providers are at least good
  • as are 86% of schools
  • and 76% of general FE colleges
  • and 82% of children’s homes
  • and, perhaps most importantly in terms of improvement, the number of local authorities judged good or outstanding for children’s social care continues to rise

That is a reassuring picture and one of which the sectors should be proud. And it hasn’t happened by accident. The high standards are entirely due to the hard work of teachers, lecturers, childminders, nursery workers, social workers and many others – professionals who work day in day out to deliver for young people.

Indeed, I reflected the other day: what would an HMI transported from a generation ago think of the education and care landscape of 2018?

Well for a start, she’d see a major expansion of high-quality, government-funded early years places, providing both education and childcare, helping to close the word gap and allowing more mothers in particular to enter work with the confidence that their children are being well looked after.

She’d see, as highlighted, by recent evidence from the IFS, more education funding now being directed at disadvantaged children than more affluent ones, addressing historic inequities.

In schools, she’d see behaviour vastly better than in the 1990s, with the quite frankly intimidating sink schools in inner cities all but gone – in fact, she’d see the educational performance in our biggest cities on a par now with the best in the world.

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Capital funding scheme for new voluntary aided schools.

This publication provides non-statutory guidance from the Department for Education for proposers bidding for capital funding from the department to support the establishment of new primary, secondary or all-through voluntary aided schools.

Voluntary aided schools are maintained by local authorities. They have foundations that hold the school premises and usually appoint a majority of the schools’ governors. Voluntary aided schools’ governing bodies employ the staff in the school and are the admission authority. Voluntary aided schools designated as having a religious character are able to give priority for up to 100% of their places on faith-based admissions criteria; appoint teachers by reference to faith; and provide religious education and collective worship according to the tenets of the faith of the school.

In exchange for the additional freedoms and controls given to the voluntary aided sector, proposers of voluntary aided schools are expected to source at least a 10% contribution towards the capital expenditure incurred in opening a new school. Traditionally local authorities have provided the remaining 90%.

Grants made to proposers in this scheme will be made under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 which gives the Secretary of State the power to make a grant in respect of up to 90% of the capital expenditure incurred by the governing body of a voluntary aided school. This also applies to capital expenditure by the proposers of an approved new voluntary aided school [by virtue of the Education and Inspections Act 2006]. The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (paragraph 5(3) of Schedule 3) allows the department to meet the full capital costs in exceptional circumstances.

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Amanda Spielman - Chief Inspector speaks out.

Parents should not expect schools to police children's eating and exercise, or toilet train pupils, Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman will say this week.

England's chief inspector for schools will argue the answer to the obesity crisis lies in the home, and parents should not "abdicate responsibility".

Neither can schools be a "panacea" for knife crime or child neglect, she will add in her second annual report.

Two studies have this year queried the benefit of school anti-obesity schemes.

In February, the British Medical Journal reported that a year-long anti-obesity programme involving more than 600 West Midlands primary school pupils yielded no improvements.

    

And in July an Ofsted study of 60 schools found no link between efforts to tackle obesity and pupils' weight.

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Ofsted wants greater powers to close down illegal schools.

Ofsted needs greater powers to help close down illegal schools or to prosecute those who run them, the chief inspector of the education watchdog has said. 

Amanda Spielman has warned that the organisation is trying crack down on suspected unregistered schools with “one arm tied behind” its back. 

 

Her calls for government legislation to be “strengthened” comes as new figures show the number of unregistered settings investigated by Ofsted has nearly reached 500.

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