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High turnover of frontline staff and frequent changes in senior managers continue to adversely impact attempts to improve children's services in Reading - but its response to concerns about children at risk is quick and effective, Ofsted has found.

Teachers believe the practice of schools "off-rolling" pupils is happening regularly and is being primarily used to manipulate their standing in performance league tables, a survey has found.

Hartlepool SEND provision faces DfE intervention

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

14 March 2019

Hartlepool is facing Department for Education intervention in its special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services, after inspectors found ongoing "serious weaknesses".

Reduced workloads have led to improvements at a council's children's services, thanks to leaders' "prompt and effective" action.

Council leaders in Liverpool have failed to properly implement SEND reforms, resulting in "significant weaknesses" within education, health and care (EHC) planning, inspectors found.

High caseloads cost council its 'good' Ofsted rating

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

19 February 2019

A council's children's social care services have been downgraded from an Ofsted overall "good" to "requires improvement" after inspectors found numbers of caseloads continued to be too high.

Government urged to close 'irredeemable' secure training centre

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

06 February 2019

A group of 36 children's rights advocates are urging the government to close a secure training centre (STC) where staff use pain-inducing restraint to control children.

A secure training centre, criticised for its use of excessive force on young inmates, has continued to inappropriately use pain-inducing physical restraint, an inspection has found.

Three-quarters of "outstanding" schools inspected this year have been downgraded due to falling standards, Ofsted's chief inspector has revealed.

Early years and school settings are set to be judged on the quality of education they provide rather than performance data, if a proposed overhaul by Ofsted goes ahead.