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Capacity in foster care is stalling, data reveals

13/11/2020

The number of applications to become a foster carer has fallen by 10% since March last year, new data has revealed.

Ofsted warns of COVID impact on SEND support

09/11/2020

The pandemic has ‘seriously affected’ support for special educational needs an disabilities (SEND), according to Ofsted.

Spike in child abuse since pandemic

06/11/2020

Ofsted’s chief inspector has warned of an increase in the number of child injuries and deaths uncovered by local authorities since the onset of the pandemic.

Local areas to get extra support to strengthen SEND services

10/07/2020

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) will visit local areas to help them improve their SEND services following the disruption caused by COVID-19.

Middlesbrough to keep control of its children's services

05/06/2020

Middlesbrough Council will be allowed to keep control of its 'inadequate' children's services to allow further improvements to be made.

MPs tell department to 'get a grip' on SEND

05/05/2020

The Department for Education (DfE) does not have a grip on mounting pressure in the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system, a watchdog has found.

Devon CC’s children’s services criticised for ‘serious failures’

19/03/2020

Ofsted has found ‘serious failures’ in services for young people in Devon as they discovered a minority of care leavers had been living in tents.

Yorkshire council criticises Ofsted rating based on ‘short inspection visit’

16/03/2020

A local authority in Yorkshire has said it is ‘disappointed’ by an Ofsted rating of its children’s social care services which concluded they were ‘inadequate’.

Council first outside London to transform flagging children’s services to ‘outstanding’

03/03/2020

A Midlands council has become the first outside of London to transform children’s services from ‘requires improvement to be good’ to ‘outstanding’.

Council announces £4.4m for ‘significantly declined’ children’s services

07/02/2020

Hull City Council has announced a series of measures to improve children’s services after Ofsted concluded that the experiences of children in care had ‘significantly declined.’

Councils sent back to drawing board on SEND

28/01/2020

Councils have been sent back to the drawing board after a quango ripped apart their plans to recover massive special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) deficits.

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.

‘Stuck’ schools need more tailored support, inspectors say

08/01/2020

Hundreds of schools in England are ‘stuck’ in a cycle of low performance and need more tailored support to improve, a new Ofsted report has found.

School league tables ‘misrepresent’ performance, northern leaders say

30/10/2019

Secondary school league tables misrepresent performance by failing to show the difference when pupil background is taken into account, northern leaders say.

Reading’s children’s services improvement ‘huge achievement'

30/10/2019

A council-owned company has moved Reading's children's services out of its ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating.

Council to re-direct £5.5m to 'inadequate' children’s services

18/10/2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has approved plans to invest £5.5m into its children’s services following an ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted earlier this year.

Children with special educational needs home schooled ‘as last resort’

15/10/2019

Parents of SEN children often home school their kids as a last resort rather than a preferred choice, a new Ofsted report has revealed.

Six councils conned into spending thousands of pounds on illegal school

03/10/2019

Six local authorities were duped into paying thousands of pounds to educate vulnerable children in an unsafe illegal school.

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.

New measures to improve underperforming schools

02/09/2019

A new specialist academy trust to take on and turn around the most challenging schools will be launched by the Government.

Commissioner appointed to oversee council’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services

27/08/2019

The Government has appointed a commissioner to improve Medway Council’s children’s services after Ofsted rated them ‘inadequate’.

'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.

Council schools get better Ofsted ratings than academies, report finds

23/05/2019

Council-maintained schools are more likely to remain ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ than their academy counterparts, new research suggests.

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'.

Hull council commits £2m to improve ‘inadequate’ children’s services

20/05/2019

Hull CC has promised to ‘accelerate’ its improvement plans and invest an extra £2m into its children’s services after they were rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

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.

Schools ‘fear-monger’ to remove pupils, survey finds

10/05/2019

Teachers have told Ofsted that they want to see more support for parents to help them push back against the practice of ‘off-rolling’.

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.

Call for inspection pause in case of Brexit hit

10/04/2019

Council chiefs have urged Whitehall to be ready to ease pressures on the sector for up to six months if Brexit threatens to stretch capacity.

Children ‘not being protected’ by Stoke-on-Trent Council

19/03/2019

Children’s social care services are ‘inadequate’ at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, according to the findings of a new Ofsted inspection.

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.

Bromley children’s services undergo ‘remarkable’ improvements

09/01/2019

Bromley council are ‘extremely proud’ after Ofsted rated their children’s services, which were ‘inadequate’ two years ago, ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ leadership.

Wakefield avoids intervention over children's services

13/12/2018

Wakefield Council should retain control of its children’s services, a commissioner has recommended.

Nearly 500 underperforming schools ‘betrayal of children’s futures.’

01/11/2018

The chief inspector of Ofsted has warned that the existence of nearly 500 ‘stuck’ schools is ‘nothing short of a scandal.’

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.

Thousands of children in care where councils are providing failing services, warns report

20/08/2018

Politicians have been accused of ignoring a 'silent crisis' of substandard care for children who are later facing social and economic problems in their adult lives.

An 'outstanding' example for children's services

09/08/2018

A county in the north of England provides a shining example of how to run children's care services, writes Mark Whitehead.

Inspectors praise Peterborough’s ‘thriving’ children’s services

07/08/2018

Inspectors have praised Peterborough City Council for creating the conditions for the city’s children’s services ‘to thrive’.

County first to be rated 'outstanding' in all areas of children's social care

06/08/2018

North Yorkshire County Council has become the first authority to receive an ‘outstanding’ grade in every category under the new social care inspection framework.

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.

Ofsted criticised for not offering ‘value for money’

24/05/2018

Ofsted has struggled to meet its inspection targets due to ‘significant’ financial and staffing challenges, auditors say.

Children's services blow for new chiefs

16/05/2018

Surrey CC’s children’s services are still inadequate, according to Ofsted – three years after they received the same grade.

Whitehall announces decision to ‘simplify’ school assessment system

04/05/2018

Head teachers have welcomed the Government’s decision to ‘simplify’ the system by which schools performance is assessed.

Council’s children’s services remain ‘inadequate’, inspectors say

29/01/2018

A re-inspection of Sandwell Council’s children’s services found they remain ‘inadequate’ ahead of the launch of the council’s new Children’s Trust.

Rotherham's children's services rated 'good' in dramatic turnaround

29/01/2018

Rotherham Council’s children’s services have been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, following three years of Government intervention in the aftermath of the child sexual exploitation scandal.

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.

Children's services in Norfolk no longer need intervention

19/01/2018

Norfolk County Council’s beleaguered children’s services no longer require intervention after Ofsted found the council has now improved.

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.

Worcestershire's children’s services showing ‘tangible’ signs of progress, inspectors say

12/10/2017

Worcestershire children’s services are showing ‘tangible’ signs of improvement but require ‘further progress’, inspectors say.

Ofsted inspection reforms could create ‘uncertainty’, head teachers warn

22/09/2017

A teachers union has lashed out at Ofsted’s proposals to change the short inspection process, saying it will create a ‘cloud of uncertainty’ in schools.

Dealing with large-scale abuse claims

11/09/2017

In the first of a two part review of claims against local authority social services departments, Kella Bowers and Andrew Ellis consider the effects of claims alleging a failure to protect children from child sexual exploitation and abuse in care.

Watchdog finds 'widespread and serious' failiures in children's services in Croydon

04/09/2017

Croydon Council has failed to improve children’s services quickly enough, according to a damning report from Ofsted.

Adult training company described as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted

15/08/2017

The UK’s largest provider of adult training and apprenticeships has been described as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, sparking speculation about the company’s future.

Ofsted report raises serious concerns over leadership at Gloucestershire

14/06/2017

Children's services at Gloucestershire County Council have been rated inadequate by Ofsted.

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.

Sunderland completes transfer of children's services to new company

03/04/2017

A new company to deliver children’s services has been set up by Sunderland City Council following an ‘inadequate’ rating by Ofsted back in July 2015.

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.

Worcestershire criticised for 'serious failures’ in children’s services

25/01/2017

Worcestershire County Council has apologised after inspectors found ‘widespread and serious failures’ in its children’s services.

Government ‘complacent’ over child protection issues warn MPs

16/12/2016

The Government has been accused of being too slow to improve child protection services, a report from MPs has warned today.

Birmingham pledges to turnaround 'inadequate' children's services

28/11/2016

The new chair of Birmingham City Council’s children’s trust has insisted that the new model will deliver ‘accelerated’ change as inspectors highlighted continued failings within the authority.

Information-sharing agreement to improve children’s services

16/11/2016

A new information-sharing agreement looks set to improve children’s care services across England.

Council hits back at ‘damning’ Ofsted report

14/11/2016

Swindon council has hit back at claims children are being ‘failed’ after Ofsted publish a damning open letter about ‘poor performance’ in the city’s schools.

Ofsted chief accuses some police forces of failing on child protection

19/10/2016

The chief inspector of Ofsted has criticised police forces for failing to protect children from abuse.

Ofsted chairman quits over ‘offensive’ remarks

23/08/2016

The Ofsted chairman has quit his position after describing the Isle of Wight as an ‘inbred, poor, white ghetto’.

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.

Ofsted chair apologises for ‘inbred white ghetto’ comment

10/08/2016

Ofsted’s chairman has apologised and retracted his description of the Isle of Wight as an ‘inbred, poor, white ghetto’.

Amanda Spielman appointed next chief inspector at Ofsted

20/07/2016

Amanda Spielman has been officially confirmed as Ofsted’s next chief inspector, despite a cross-party group of MPs trying to block her appointment.

Ofsted: Councils failing to protect vulnerable children missing from education

08/07/2016

Birmingham, Bradford and Luton are unable to protect children missing from education from harm, exploitation or extremist ideologies, Ofsted warn.

MPs reject choice for Ofsted's new head

07/07/2016

The government’s preferred candidate to head up Ofsted should not be given the role, a committee of MPs has said.

Weak leadership is letting children down says Ofsted

28/06/2016

Vulnerable children are being let down by weak leadership in too many local authorities, inspectors have claimed.

Cornwall praised for turning around children's services

27/06/2016

Cornwall Council has achieved a radical turnaround of its children’s services.

Sandwell children’s services facing move to voluntary trust

10/06/2016

Children’s social care services at Sandwell Council could be transferred to a voluntary trust, after being rated as 'inadequate' by inspectors last year.

Schools inspector blames 'complacency' for education failures in East Midlands

07/06/2016

Thousands of children in the East Midlands are being exposed to poor standards in education, according to the schools watchdog.

Ofsted identifies 100 illegal schools in England

17/05/2016

Councils must play their part in identifying illegal schools which may be promoting radicalism and extremism, the chief inspector has demanded.

Local authority schools outperform academies, says research

26/04/2016

Council-run schools are outperforming academies in Oftsed inspections, research from the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed.

Poor children more likely to go to failing schools finds research

19/04/2016

Families are on low incomes are four times more likely than wealthier families to send their child to a struggling primary school, new research has revealed.

Council’s children's services ‘inadequate’, Ofsted warn

06/04/2016

A council’s children’s services are suffering from ‘serious and widespread failures’, says Ofsted report.

'Serious weaknesses' at seven multi-academy trusts highlighted

11/03/2016

Many multi-academy trusts (MATs) have been manifesting the ‘same weaknesses as the worst-performing local authorities’, the chief inspector of schools has warned.

Inspections of children's services 'not working' say council leaders

09/03/2016

Inspections of failing children's homes by Ofsted only make their problems worse, local government leaders have claimed.

Plans to convert coasting schools passed through Parliament

25/02/2016

New measures to force councils to convert failing schools into academies have been passed through Parliament.

Report reveals confusion over role of regional schools commissioners

20/01/2016

Regional schools commissioners (RSCs) are too detached from councils, schools and communities to effectively monitor the progress of academies, MPs have warned.

Thousands of new school places created in failing schools

11/01/2016

More than 100,000 new school places have been created in schools that are already failing, research from the New Schools Network has revealed.

Rise in number of children missing from foster care warns report

11/12/2015

The number of children going missing from foster care rose by almost a fifth in the last year, according to the latest report from Ofsted.

County pledges improvement work following 'inadequate' Ofsted rating

30/11/2015

Lancashire County Council has unveiled steps it is taking to improve its services for children and young people after a critical Ofsted report.

Councils accused of failing to shut down illegal schools

11/11/2015

Local authorities have been accused of not acting quickly enough to shut down illegal schools, by the schools watchdog.

Consultation on government intervention in failing schools launched

21/10/2015

The Government has launched its consultation on proposals to remove failing schools from local authority control and converting them into academies.

Councils improving quality of assessments for vulnerable children says watchdog

04/08/2015

Councils have made good progress in improving the quality of assessments for vulnerable children, but some concerns over child protection remain, a new report has warned.

Government sends commissioner to Sunderland after damning Ofsted inspection

20/07/2015

The Government has stepped in to fast-track improvement at Sunderland City Council after inspectors found ‘serious failings’ in services for children and young people.

Oftsed proposes joint targeted inspections for child protection

15/07/2015

Inspectors will have new powers to target local agencies that are failing to work together to safeguard children, under proposals launched today.

Councils forced to convert 1,000 'inadequate' schools into academies

03/06/2015

New measures will force councils to convert schools rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted into academies.

County ‘too slow’ to improve schools, says Ofsted

19/05/2015

Inspectors have blasted a county for its ‘slow’ action in improving schools, with thousands of local children being educated at low ranking sites.

County says ‘sorry’ to local children after third critical inspection

14/05/2015

A county has apologised to local children after its services were rated ‘inadequate’ for the third time in five years by inspectors.

Inspection regime failing to protect vulnerable says report

29/04/2015

Ofsted inspections of children’s services are ‘outdated’ and ‘one-dimensional;’ according to a new report from Impower.

‘Toxic’ Ofsted must be scrapped, say teachers

08/04/2015

The largest teachers’ union is calling for an end to the ‘toxic influence of Ofsted’ and has pledged to work with the new Government on a successor body.

All councils should be reinspected following Rotherham child abuse, say MPs

17/03/2015

All local authorities in England should be examined by Ofsted to ensure they are tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), a report from a panel of MPs is demanding.

Councils failing to protect children warns watchdog

10/03/2015

Over half of local authorities inspected for their children’s social care provision last year are 'not yet good enough', a damning report from Ofsted has warned.

Inspectors label Blackpool’s school improvement plans ‘not fit for purpose’

17/02/2015

Blackpool Council’s efforts to improve local schools have been branded ‘not fit for purpose’, with thousands of children thought to be receiving an ‘inadequate’ education.

No evidence of academies improving standards, say MPs

27/01/2015

There is no evidence so far that academies are driving improvement in English schools, according to the cross-party parliamentary education select committee.

Council leaders say inspection of efforts to tackle child abuse is ‘blinkered’

20/01/2015

Scrutiny of efforts to tackle child abuse is ‘blinkered’ and failing to recognise the ‘true quality’ of local approaches, town hall chiefs claim.

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