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Issue 45 | March 2016

All Ofsted 

Government proposals for Ofsted inspections - Sean Harford, Ofsted's National Director, Education, blogs about the Government’s white paper, 'Educational excellence everywhere', and what it could mean for inspection.

Ofsted's specialists: videos
These videos are part of a series from Ofsted's national leads, focusing on their specialisms and key issues in these areas.

Sir Michael Wilshaw's speech at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) conference - Read the transcript of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector (HMCI)'s speech to education leaders in Birmingham.
Memorandum of understanding between Ofsted and DfE: independent schools - How Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE) will work together to deliver inspections of independent schools.
Focused inspection of academies in School Partnership Trust Academies (SPTA) - Ofsted has published the outcome letter setting out the results of a focused inspection of SPTA academies, along with an advice note to the Education Secretary.
School inspection newsletter: March 2016 edition - This newsletter provides inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about Ofsted's inspection work in schools.
Monthly management information: Ofsted's school inspections outcomes - Updated management information for February published.

Social care

Quarterly management information: Ofsted's children’s homes inspection outcomes - Data for December 2015 published.
Local areas to get more notice of special educational needs and disability (SEND) inspections - From May, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will inspect local areas' responsibilities to children and young people who have special educational needs or disability. This follows a consultation that ran from October to January. You can also read the slides from a presentation by Mary Raynor, Ofsted's National Lead for Special Educational Needs and Disability.
Inspection of Portsmouth school improvement support - Ofsted published the outcome letter of its inspection of Portsmouth City Council’s support for school improvement.
Tri-borough demonstrates outstanding leadership and social work - Exemplary leadership and high-quality social work has led to outstanding results in two London boroughs - Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. The third borough in the tri-borough partnership, Hammersmith and Fulham, was rated as good.

Further education and skills

Sir Michael Wilshaw's speech at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) conference - Read the transcript of HMCI's speech to education leaders in Birmingham.
Monthly management information: Ofsted's further education and skills inspections outcomes from December 2015 - Updated management information showing in-year and most recent inspection outcomes.
Sir Michael Wilshaw speech: National Apprenticeship Week 2016 - HMCI addressed the 2016 FE Week annual apprenticeship conference at the ICC in Birmingham.
High needs learners are not always receiving the support they need to reach their potential - Ofsted finds that too many young people with learning difficulties and disabilities are poorly prepared for adult life, in new survey report 'Moving forward? How well the further education and skills sector is preparing young people with high needs for adult life'.

Early years and childcare

Ofsted to directly manage early years inspections - Ofsted will have full control over the selection, training and management of early years inspectors from April 2017. You can also watch a video of HMCI explaining this change.
Early years inspection and registration from April 2017 - Gill Jones, Ofsted's Deputy Director for Early Education, blogs about future changes to arrangements for the inspection and regulation of early years.
Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2015 - This release includes registered childcare providers and places, inspection outcomes and movement in the childcare sector as at 31 December 2015.
Online application to provide childcare unavailable 9 to 15 May - Ofsted will update Ofsted Online for the requirements of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

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