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Progress in SEND

With many areas struggling to meet expected standards for special educational needs and disability provision, senior Ofsted leaders outline to Jo Stephenson the characteristics of a good quality service.

Schools and knife crime: Inspections Clinic

Rising levels of youth violence have shone a light on what schools are doing to keep children safe and educate them about the dangers. Jo Stephenson reports on the findings of a London research project.

Inspections Clinic: Sector-led improvement

Hampshire County Council is one of a handful of high-performing local authorities that helps struggling councils improve children's services, but the benefits flow both ways, as Jo Stephenson reports.

Inspecting social work supervision

Consistent standards and expectations are key to ensuring social work supervision helps improve outcomes for children and is recognised by inspectors, Ofsted's Yvette Stanley tells Jo Stephenson.

Annual engagement meetings

Ofsted's Inspection of Local Authority Children's Services regime sets out clear expectations of what children's services managers will get from their annual engagement meetings, reports Jo Stephenson.

Inspections Clinic: Ofsted early years forum

A new group of early education academics and childcare experts has been convened by Ofsted to discuss research, practice, inspection and areas for improvement. Jo Stephenson finds out what it hopes to achieve.

Managing risk in children's homes

Risk management is an important element of practice in children's homes. Here Ofsted's national director of social care Yvette Stanley tells Jo Stephenson about what the regulator is looking for from settings.

Inspections Clinic: Supporting pupil attainment

Narrowing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and better-off peers is a key challenge for leaders across all types of schools and one which Ofsted is keeping a close eye on, reports 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.