28 Nov OFSTED publishes Sir Michael Wilshaw’s first Annual Report as Chief Inspector
Strong leadership at every level is critical if England wants to have a world class education and skills system, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills said yesterday.
Launching his first Annual Report, Sir Michael Wilshaw said that leadership in schools, in colleges and in local authorities was key to driving up standards and ensuring all young people get the good education they deserve.
In his introduction to the main report, Sir Michael Wilshaw said, “We know through inspection what outstanding provision looks like. In schools and colleges it’s excellent teaching, accurate assessment, the tracking of student progress and strong governance and leadership.”
This is Sir Michael Wilshaw’s first Annual Report as Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills. It is underpinned by the findings of nearly 25,000 inspections carried out during 2011/12 – of schools, early years and childcare, services for children and families, adult learning and skills, and colleges.
This year’s Annual Report is supported by three reports that give more detail on the early years, schools and learning and skills sectors. Some of the key conclusions from this year’s Annual Report are:
- Schools in England are getting better – although there is still a long way to go before the nation catches up with the best in the world.
- There are wide variations in the performance of schools across different local authority areas, leading to serious inequities for children in some parts of the country.
- Ofsted has identified major concerns with the quality of provision in the post-16 Learning and Skills sector, especially in colleges, which are not adequately preparing young people for the world of work.
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Read the additional report on schools.