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Inspections Clinic: Inspecting stability

Ensuring looked-after children have a stable care placement, social worker and school place is vital to good outcomes, so Ofsted places great emphasis on stability when it inspects children's services, writes Jo Stephenson.

Inspecting 'off-rolling'

Ofsted has found evidence that a significant minority of schools are finding ways to manage more challenging pupils out. New tools will make it easier to identify this practice, says Jo Stephenson.

Inspections Clinic: School careers guidance

Following the launch of the government's Careers Strategy earlier this year, there are a raft of new requirements for providing careers advice and guidance that schools must meet from September.

Inspections Clinic: Early years inspections

Inspection is stressful for most nursery managers, but good preparation can help ensure you are ready for whatever is thrown at you. Trainer and consultant Sue Allingham gives Jo Stephenson her top tips.

Inspections Clinic: Preparing for inspection

The new social care inspection system has been billed as "light touch" for "good" authorities, but children's services leaders still need to be fully prepared for when Ofsted calls, writes Jo Stephenson.

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