Research and Education

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

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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Funding and Consultations

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.

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