Research and Education

Official Statistics: Maintained schools and academies inspections and outcomes as at 31 March 2016

These statistics of maintained schools and academies inspections in England consist of:

  • key findings, charts and tables in pdf format and word format
  • tables, charts and individual provider-level data in Excel and csv format
  • quality and methodology report in pdf format
  • pre-release access list in pdf format

Official statistics are produced impartially and free from political influence.

Corporate report: Ofsted social care annual report 2016

Ofsted’s third Social Care Annual Report presents a mixed picture. While performance is inadequate in too many local authorities, several demonstrate that improvement is possible – often from a low base – and are now leading the way in providing good and outstanding services for children.

Read Sir Michael Wilshaw’s speech from the launch of the 2016 Social Care Annual Report.

Read the Social Care Annual Report press release.

Look at the children’s social care inspection data covering 2015 to 2016.

Ofsted is also running a consultation about the future of social care inspection.

Under the new proposals good and outstanding local authorities would have shorter, more proportionate inspections. Ofsted would challenge authorities rated inadequate to improve through regular monitoring inspections. In addition, a new common inspection framework for the inspection of social care regulatory settings will provide comparable and consistent reports across a wide range of providers. The consultation closes on 9 September 2016.

Tell Ofsted what you think: Fill in the consultation on the future of social care inspection.

Official Statistics: Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 March 2016

These statistics cover childcare in England and are made up of:

  • key findings, charts and tables in PDF and Word format
  • tables, charts and individual provider-level data in Excel format

The data covers:

  • registered childcare providers and places as at 31 March 2016
  • movement in childcare sector between 31 December 2015 and 31 March 2016
  • most recent inspection outcomes as at 31 March 2016
  • provisional data for inspections completed between 1 January and 31 March 2016
  • revised data for inspections completed between 1 September 2015 and 31 December 2015

Official statistics are produced impartially and free from political influence

Research and analysis: The most able students – still too much talent going to waste

Read the Chief Inspector’s June commentary on the most able pupils.

This publication explains the methodology and findings behind Sir Michael Wilshaw’s commentary.

Guidance: Local area SEND inspections: information for families

This leaflet explains how Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) jointly inspect local areas to see how effectively they fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Ofsted and CQC will carry out inspections in line with the Local area special educational needs and disabilities inspection framework and Local area special educational needs and disabilities inspection handbook for inspectors.

Read the outcome letters from the joint local area special educational needs and disabilities inspections.

FOI release: Ofsted Freedom of Information request datasets 2015 and 2016: social care

Ofsted must publish datasets which are disclosed as a result of Freedom of Information requests.

This is due to a change to legislation which came into effect on 1 September 2013 and brought in this requirement for public authorities like Ofsted.

This page has social care datasets for 2015 and 2016.

FOI release: Ofsted Freedom of Information request datasets 2015 and 2016: corporate

Ofsted must publish datasets which are disclosed as a result of Freedom of Information requests.

This is due to a change to legislation which came into effect on 1 September 2013 and brought in this requirement for public authorities like Ofsted.

This page has corporate datasets for 2015 and 2016.

Statistical data set: FOI: early years dataset as at 31 March 2016

There is a requirement that public authorities, like Ofsted, must publish updated versions of datasets which are disclosed as a result of Freedom of Information requests.

Some information which is requested is exempt from disclosure to the public under the Freedom of Information Act; it is therefore not appropriate for this information to be made available. Examples of information which it is not appropriate to make available includes the locations of women’s refuges, some military bases and all children’s homes and the personal data of providers and staff. Ofsted also considers that the names and addresses of registered childminders are their personal data which it is not appropriate to make publicly available unless those individuals have given their explicit consent to do so. This information has therefore not been included in the datasets.

Data for both childcare and childminders are included in the excel file.

FOI: early years dataset as at 31 March 2016

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Research and analysis: Helping disadvantaged young children: how good are local authorities and early years providers?

Updated: Updated with link to short video from report's launch.

At the report’s launch, early years stakeholders made pledges saying what they would do to help disadvantaged children. You can see some of the pledges in a short video.

This survey reports on how good local authorities and early years providers are in helping disadvantaged families and their young children. In particular, it looks at implementation and impact of national and local policies on early years providers in some of the most deprived areas of England.

Official Statistics: Children's social care data in England 2016

Updated: The file 'Children's social care data in England 2016: charts, tables and underlying data' has been replaced after incorrect historical data were found in one interactive chart. This did not impact on the 2015 or 2016 figures.

These statistics covering children’s social care in England are made up of:

  • key findings, charts and tables in PDF and Word format
  • tables, charts and individual provider-level data in Excel format

The data covers:

  • inspection outcomes for local authority children’s services inspections, published by 30 June 2016
  • inspection outcomes for all regulated, and other, children’s social care provision, 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016
  • information about the providers of children’s social care, including the numbers of providers and places, as at 31 March 2016

The release combines the Ofsted official statistics on children’s homes inspections and outcomes, children’s social care (excluding children’s homes) inspections and outcomes, social care providers and places and local authority children’s services inspections and outcomes.

Official statistics are produced impartially and free from political influence.

Funding and Consultations

Closed consultation: Non-Financial Reporting Directive: UK implementation

Updated: Added impact assessment and Regulatory Policy Committee assessment.

We want industry views on how we should implement the requirements in the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive (2014/95/EU) into UK law. This amends Directive 2013/34/EU and requires certain companies, with more than 500 employees, to disclose information in their management reports about their:

  • policies
  • environmental risks
  • social and employee situation
  • respect for human rights
  • anti-corruption and bribery issues
  • diversity in their board of directors

This will provide investors and other stakeholders with a more comprehensive view of a company’s performance.

Closed consultation: Business impact target, growth duty and Small Business Appeals Champion

Updated: Added link to categories of regulatory provisions to be excluded from the BIT.

We’re seeking your views on which regulators to bring within scope of the business impact target (BIT), growth duty and Small Business Appeals Champion. We’re also asking for feedback on draft statutory guidance to support the implementation of the growth duty and the Small Business Appeals Champion.

This consultation is relevant to regulators and businesses and members of civil society subject to regulation.

On 3 March 2016 the Secretary of State published his list of categories of regulatory provisions which will be excluded from the BIT. All other regulatory provisions coming into force or ending during this Parliament will be treated as qualifying regulatory provisions and will count against the target.

Closed consultation: Improving terms and conditions

In this call for evidence we are seeking a better understanding of how T&Cs can be made more accessible for consumers. It includes a number of proposals along with more general questions on how respondents approach T&Cs and what might work better for them.

We are also proposing additional enforcement tools, including civil fining powers for breaches of the consumer protection legislation.

Views are sought from the public, consumer representatives, businesses, trade bodies and regulators.

Closed consultation: Damages for breaches of competition law: implementing the EU directive

The Damages Directive is designed to make it easier for businesses and individuals to claim for compensation when they have been victims of a breach of European competition law.

This document sets out the changes we believe we need to make to UK law in order to implement the directive.

Closed consultation: Research Excellence Framework review: call for evidence

Government has asked Lord Nicholas Stern to lead an independent review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The review is examining how university research funding can be allocated more efficiently so that universities can focus on carrying out world-leading research.

The review has already received many helpful inputs through the community’s response to the Higher Education green paper consultation questions on the REF. This call for evidence is to explore some of the issues raised and investigate ways in which a simpler, lighter-touch, system for the REF might be developed.

See the terms of reference.

Closed consultation: Closed recruitment practices in the public sector

The government wants to open up public sector recruitment, to ensure that the best people can be hired for the job.

This call for evidence is to gather information on the use of internal-only recruitment in the public sector, including whether it is ever ineffectively or inappropriately used. We are also seeking views on the role for government in encouraging more open recruitment.

Closed consultation: Business broadband review: call for evidence

We want to hear from businesses about the barriers they are facing in accessing superfast broadband.

We encourage responses from businesses, communications providers and other interested parties.

Open consultation: Developing black and minority ethnic talent: issues faced by businesses - McGregor-Smith review

In February, the Business Secretary asked Baroness McGregor-Smith to undertake a review of the issues faced by businesses in developing black and minority ethnic talent from recruitment through to executive level.

In order to inform that review, Baroness McGregor-Smith has launched a call for evidence and welcomes your views on:

  • the need for change
  • identifying obstacles
  • assessing the impacts of obstacles
  • existing data
  • best practice
  • recommendations

Closed consultation: National Innovation Plan: call for ideas

Updated: Deadline for responses extended to 30 May 2016.

Innovation can transform lives. It can help us to face some of our biggest challenges, from energy supply and food security, to demographic change and the delivery of public services. It enables businesses to develop new ideas, products and services, and create new jobs and export opportunities.

We want to know how you think the UK can improve its innovation framework. The survey asks for views on 7 areas:

  • regulation
  • procurement
  • access to finance
  • data
  • challenger businesses
  • national infrastructure
  • intellectual property

Your ideas will help us to develop a National Innovation Plan which we will publish later this year.

Closed consultation: Tips, gratuities, cover and service charges: proposals for further action

We believe that all discretionary payments for service should be subject to 3 broad policy objectives:

  • clear to consumers that they are voluntary
  • received by workers
  • clear and transparent to consumers and workers in terms of how the payments are treated

The consultation document includes:

We’re seeking views on our proposals for further action.