Education gap between North and South ‘getting wider’

December 5, 2016 0 comments

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There is a broader gap between the quality of the education provided in the north of England and the rest of country than ever before, Ofsted has claimed. The inspectorate’s newly published annual report contrasts the quality of the primary and secondary education provided in the North and the Midlands with that elsewhere, concluding that…

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Children ‘still at risk’ in Birmingham

November 28, 2016 1 comment

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Children remain at risk in Birmingham despite improvements to child protection services, Ofsted has declared. Birmingham City Council’s children’s services department has been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors every year since 2009. In 2013 Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw dubbed the city a “national disgrace”. Following a recent re-inspection Ofsted believes that serious problems remain…

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North West council promises £2 million for children

September 23, 2016 2 comments

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The Metropolitan Borough of Wirral in Merseyside plans to invest an additional £2 million in its children’s services department. The announcement follows a highly critical Ofsted inspection report which declared the department “inadequate”, finding fault in particular with management, child protection services and support for care leavers. The report noted high staff turnover and poor…

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‘Give councils the power to monitor home schooling’

September 20, 2016 3 comments

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Local councils have called for additional powers to monitor families who home school their children. The Local Government Association (LGA) responded to a critical report issued by Ofsted in June, which had blamed “professional incompetence and insufficient resources” for the failure of councils across the country to close down around 150 illegal home schools. The…

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London borough praised for work with care leavers

August 30, 2016 0 comments

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The London Borough of Ealing has been hailed by Ofsted for its work with care leavers. Following an inspection of its children’s services department, Ofsted awarded the West London authority a ‘good’ rating. The inspectorate singled out its work with young people who have left the care system for particular praise. Social workers stay in…

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‘Urgent problem’ of extremism risk to children

July 10, 2016 0 comments

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The risk of children being exposed to extremism is an “urgent and escalating problem”, the head of Ofsted has claimed. Sir Michael Wilshaw sent a memo to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan this week. In it, he expressed serious concerns about “the failure of [local] authorities to address the problem of children missing from education” and…

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Careers advice in schools not fit for purpose claim MPs

July 7, 2016 1 comment

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The careers advice given in many schools is not fit for purpose and does not help pupils prepare for life in the real world, MPs have claimed. In a new report, the parliamentary sub-committee on education, skills and the economy claims much of the advice offered is inconsistent and leaves many schoolchildren unable to make…

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Croydon child protection work ‘needs improvement’

July 1, 2016 0 comments

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Child protection work in the London Borough of Croydon “needs improvement”, a multi-agency inspection has claimed. Ofsted, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, HM Inspectorate of Probation and the Care Quality Commission conducted a “Joint targeted area inspection of the multi-agency response to abuse and neglect”. The inspectors identified praiseworthy work in some fields but also areas…

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Ofsted criticises children’s services

June 29, 2016 2 comments

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The majority of children’s services in this country are not good enough, Ofsted has declared. The watchdog published its third annual report on children’s social care in England this week. According to their figures, three out of every four local authorities received a rating lower than ‘good’ in the most recent round of inspections. Of…

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Children’s services in Birmingham to be transferred to trust

May 24, 2016 5 comments

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Responsibility for child protection services in the city of Birmingham will be transferred to an independent trust, it has been announced. The troubled children’s services department of Birmingham City Council has failed multiple inspections and been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted since 2009. In 2013, the council was branded a “national disgrace” by Chief Inspector Sir…

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