Ofsted Science Reports and Resources

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Each week they carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England, and publish the results on their website. As a consequence of their work they have published annual reports on science in primary and secondary schools and colleges.

Science HMI have contributed findings to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector’s Annual Reports and now publishes a major subject report for science every three years. The reports on individual science survey visits to schools are made available on the Ofsted website.

The aim of all this work is to promote improvement and value for money in the services that they inspect and regulate, so that children and young people, parents and carers, adult learners and employers benefit.

Ofsted's original structure, function and purpose as the " Office for Standards in Education" were created by the Education (Schools) Act of 1992. The new organisation replaced Her Majesty's Inspectorate (HMI). Such a change from the use of HMI, who had "previously offered central government officials advice [without 'fear or favour'] about the effects of government policy" to Ofsted, and their large number of private contractors, was the "subject of considerable controversy”.

However, since 1992 the number of private contractors has decreased dramatically (three now cover large geographical areas), HMI have been reintroduced to carry out inspections and Ofsted has expanded to include, for example, regulating Children's Services.

Ofsted regulates and inspects:
• childcare and children’s social care
• schools?
• colleges
• initial teacher education?
• work-based learning and skills training
• adult and community learning?
• education and training in prisons and other secure establishments
• the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (Cafcass)

The collection in the elibrary is confined to science related reports and publications concerning primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.


Ofsted Subject Reports 2001-02: Secondary Science

This report from Ofsted is one of a series that were published annually in association with the Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector. The report gives the main findings of Ofsted concerning the state of science education for students aged from 11-19.

The evidence base, which the report is based...

The Logical Chain: Continuing Professional Development in Effective Schools

This report from Ofsted is based on a survey into the impact in schools of the government’s strategy for continuing professional development (CPD). The strategy was introduced in 2001 and subsequently relaunched in 2005. It aims to promote the benefits of CPD, help teachers make the most of the choices available,...

Successful Science

This report from Ofsted draws on the results of visits by inspectors to 94 primary, 94 secondary schools and two special schools between June 2007 and March 2010. These schools were selected broadly to represent the profile of schools in England, but excluded schools in Ofsted’s categories of concern. It also draws...

Success in Science

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They regulate and inspect to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.

The Education and Inspections Act, which established the new Ofsted, specifically...


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