Inspections

Plans for ‘universal’ school inspections launched

10/01/2020

Ofsted will visit all schools judged to be outstanding within the next five academic years, the Government has announced.

Labour pledges to scrap ‘unfit for purpose’ Ofsted

23/09/2019

Labour has vowed to scrap Ofsted and replace it with regular ‘health checks’ led by local government.

Council chiefs welcome move to ‘modernise’ housing inspection system

12/07/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed a move to review the system for inspecting private sector housing.

'Slow progress' two years after inadequate judgement

24/05/2019

Gloucestershire CC is making ‘slow progress’ in improving its services for its children and young people two years after it was judged inadequate, Ofsted has found.

Suffolk CC’s children’s services awarded ‘outstanding’

22/05/2019

Ofsted inspectors have awarded children’s services at Suffolk County Council the top grade of ‘outstanding'.

New school inspections framework to discourage ‘teaching to the test’

14/05/2019

Teachers have welcomed Ofsted's new inspection framework which pledges to focus on curriculum, behaviour and development rather than on test results.

Ofsted to retain grading system in new inspection framework

30/04/2019

Ofsted has decided to retain its current 4-point grading system when it launches its new inspection framework in September.

Fire safety failures revealed in care homes

05/02/2019

Serious fire safety failures have been found in nearly 100 care homes across London, the capital’s fire brigade have said.

Education watchdog calls time on ‘teaching to the test'

16/01/2019

Ofsted says it is moving away from its focus on performance data as the watchdog launches a consultation on proposals for changes to its inspection framework.

Top 10 most productive councils revealed

22/11/2018

‘Fetishising failure’ distracts increasingly scarce management time away from improving outcomes, according to a new report naming the top 10 most productive councils in England.

Health and care inspection regime leaves ‘room for improvement’

27/09/2018

The new health and care inspection regime is a ‘significant improvement’ on the previous system, but there is room for improvement, concludes landmark report.

Birmingham ‘lacks’ leadership on SEND issues

11/09/2018

Birmingham City Council has said it is ‘very disappointed’ by the results of a special educational needs and disabilities inspection and said it would take urgent action to make ‘significant improvements’.

Ofsted ‘fig leaf’ for Whitehall failures on school standards

07/09/2018

Ofsted is not providing the level of independent assurance about the quality of education that schools and parents need, MPs warn.

Government pledges action on unsafe fire doors

01/08/2018

Fire doors from five suppliers have failed to meet minimum safety standards, according to government inspectors.

Watchdog names worse areas for food hygiene

25/06/2018

Many councils are struggling to meet their food hygiene responsibilities, according to new research by consumer watchdog Which?.

Wakefield prepare for full Ofsted inspection

05/06/2018

Ofsted will carry out a full inspection of Wakefield’s children’s services after they were rated ‘requiring improvement’ two years ago.

Javid plans intervention into crisis-hit Northants

27/03/2018

Local government secretary Sajid Javid has bowed to the inevitable and outlined plans for commissioners to run Northamptonshire CC amid concerns over the county’s sustainability.

Councils to share £1m to identify unsafe cladding on private bildings

01/03/2018

Local authorities are to share £1m to help then identify private high-rise buildings that may be clad in unsafe building materials.

Nearly 1,000 children's centres not inspected for five years

22/01/2018

The Government has been accused of dragging its feet over inspections of children's centres, which have been frozen since 2015.

Care home providers struggling with ‘harsh reality’ of care crisis

18/01/2018

Half of England’s large care home providers have at least one in four failing homes in their network, according to a consumer watchdog.

Inspectors find improvements in Birmingham's children's services

20/10/2017

Birmingham City Council is continuing to make progress with improving the quality of social work, inspectors have announced.

Future of adult social care is 'precarious’ warns report

10/10/2017

The majority of adult social care services have been rated as good, but regulators have warned the future quality of services are ‘precarious’.

Public believes housing inspections should be in hands of council, survey reveals

25/09/2017

The majority of the public believes housing safety inspections should be in the hands of local councils, survey reveals.

Inspections to assess local protection of ‘at risk’ children announced

19/04/2017

A new set of inspections to examine how local partner agencies - including local authorities - are working together to protect children at risk of neglect will begin next month.

Ofsted announces new social care common inspection framework

22/02/2017

Ofsted today announced a new social care common inspection framework (SCCIF) will take effect this April in order to create a more consistent inspections regime.

Councils 'appalled' over proposed food safety reforms

31/10/2016

Welsh councils have warned that handing over the regulation of food safety to producers would put the public at risk.

Inspections launched into councils’ approach to domestic abuse

10/08/2016

New inspections will investigate how well local partners, including councils, work together to protect children living with domestic abuse.

Decline in regulation is 'social murder', report claims

03/05/2016

An average business can now expect a local authority health and safety inspection only once in every 20 years, according to a report into the decline of regulation.

Display of hygiene ratings should be compulsory for food outlets, LGA says

03/05/2016

All food premises should be forced to display a hygiene rating so the public can better assess the quality and safety of the establishment before entering, councils say.

Maintaining performance image

Maintaining performance

The 15 strongest performing councils in adult social care have been highlighted in IMPOWER’s latest productivity INDEX. Ralph Cook looks at the results.
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