Research and Education

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.

Guidance: Local area SEND inspection outcome letters

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission inspect local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The letters on this page are for:

  • Bolton - 14 July 2016
  • Brighton and Hove - 14 July 2016

Read more about these inspections in the inspection framework and handbook. There is also information about these inspections for families.

Correspondence: Secondary school performance in the Black Country

The Regional Director for the West Midlands has set out her concerns in a letter to local authorities across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. She highlights that too many of the secondary schools do not build on the achievements made by primary schools. She also draws attention to unacceptably low GCSE performance, particularly for children on free school meals (FSM). She calls on leaders in the community to work together on improvements for the children and young people of the region.

Research and analysis: The Prevent duty in further education and skills providers

The Prevent duty guidance makes clear the important role of further education leaders in stopping extremists seeking to radicalise learners on campuses and in supporting learners at risk of extremist influences.

Ofsted has responsibility for monitoring the Prevent duty in publicly funded further education and skills providers.

The Chief Inspector commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectors to undertake this survey to establish how well providers are implementing the duty.

Open consultation: Future of social care inspection

Updated: Eleanor Schooling, National Director Social Care, talks about changes to social care - video's now available.

This consultation seeks your views on proposed changes across Ofsted’s inspections of children’s social care. It has 4 parts:

  • principles for children’s social care inspections
  • a new approach to inspections of local authority children’s services from 2018
  • a new common inspection framework for social care establishments, agencies, boarding schools and residential special schools from April 2017
  • changes to inspections of independent fostering agencies

More information

Eleanor Schooling on the future of social care inspection - hear Eleanor Schooling, National Director Social Care, talk about the proposed changes to social care inspection and how the changes may affect local authorities.

The consultation document and questionnaire

The consultation questionnaire should be read in conjunction with the consultation document. Both documents can be downloaded from this page. Each document is available in 2 formats:

  • the Word version of the questionnaire can be filled in by hand or on your computer
  • the PDF version of the questionnaire can be filled in by hand

You can also download the consultation document in either format and then complete the online questionnaire.

The business engagement assessment

This is available in 2 formats:

  • the Word version of the questionnaire can be filled in by hand or on your computer
  • the PDF version of the questionnaire can be filled in by hand

Official Statistics: Further education and skills inspection and outcomes as at 29 February 2016

These inspection of further education and skills in England statistics are made up of:

  • key findings, charts and tables in pdf format and word format
  • tables, charts and individual provider-level data in Excel format

Official statistics are produced impartially and free from political influence.

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

Funding and Consultations

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.

Closed consultation: Property ownership and public contracting by foreign companies: improving transparency

Updated: Consultation closing date extended to 4 April 2016.

This discussion paper sets out proposals to improve the transparency of ownership of foreign companies that purchase property or participate in public contracting.

The proposals are designed to help prevent the UK from being a safe haven for corrupt money from around the world.

The consultation closing date has been extended to Monday 4 April 2016.

Closed consultation: Land Registry: moving operations to the private sector

The Land Registry registers the ownership of land and property in England and Wales.

This consultation sets out options to move Land Registry operations into the private sector. The purpose of the consultation is to:

  • set out government’s reasons for proposing change
  • propose how a private sector Land Registry would work
  • share our thinking on possible models for the future of Land Registry
  • seek views on the proposals, especially on our preferred option

A sale of Land Registry could allow government to pay down debt, or enable other investment for the benefit of taxpayers. It is expected that a move into the private sector would also allow Land Registry to become even more efficient. At the same time it could continue with an appropriate level of service to support the property market.

Closed consultation: Further education maintenance loans (technical and professional education)

We’re proposing maintenance loans for higher-level learners in technical and professional education. This includes the new National Colleges and learning at the emerging Institutes of Technology. We want to remove the up-front cost and increase the uptake of technical and professional learning in sectors that are important to the economy.

We’ll use evidence gathered through this consultation to make decisions on:

  • whether introducing the loans would increase take up
  • scope of the loans
  • eligibility to receive the loans

We would like views from colleges and independent providers in the further education sector, including National Colleges, higher education institutions and other interested bodies.

Closed consultation: Protections for small and micro businesses in non-regulated sectors

We want views on whether further protections are needed for small and micro businesses (a business employing 9 people or less), including sole traders, in the non-regulated sector.

We are interested in hearing from:

  • individual firms
  • trade bodies
  • research and academic organisations
  • others with experience of analysis in this area

You should back up your submission with strong and clear evidence to support any views offered.

The government made a commitment to consult on protections for small businesses in the competition plan, published in November 2015.

This consultation builds on last year’s call for evidence, which looked at current protections around the sale and supply of goods and services to small businesses.

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.