In Depth

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.

Behind the Ratings: Maintained schools vs academies

The government says academies are delivering better standards of education for disadvantaged pupils than maintained schools. But does the Ofsted inspection data support ministers' assertions?

Big-picture inspection: guide to the new JTAI

New Joint Targeted Area Inspections to assess how different agencies are working together to support vulnerable children have just been launched. Joe Lepper explores how they work.