In Depth

Inspections: Youth secure estate

Although the population of the youth secure estate has dropped substantially, youth custody settings are struggling to improve support for young people, with outcomes described as "not good enough".

Inspections: Early years provision in schools

Ofsted inspections of school-based early years provision reveals a picture of quality services delivered by highly qualified staff, skilled in helping to prepare children for their transition to primary school.

Ofsted aims for more accurate measure of social care services

The way local authority children's services are inspected is set to undergo major change from January 2018, with Ofsted planning to move to a more proportionate system that focuses on councils that are already struggling.

Ofsted's education all-rounder: Sean Harford, Ofsted's director for education

Jess Brown meets Sean Harford, Ofsted's director for education.

Ofsted's social care annual report highlights areas for improvement

Inspectorate's annual report on children's social care services flags up concerns over leadership, safeguarding, caseloads and support for care leavers, while a consultation outlines its plans for a new inspection system.