The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2015/16

Published 1st December 2016

The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2015/16

The  Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education Children’s Services and Skills was published today. It is underpinned by  findings from the inspection of almost 25,000 schools, colleges and providers of early years and further education and skills. These inspections provide a unique evidence base for the conclusions drawn.

The report makes specific reference to primary school design and technology which will be of interest to all those who have responsibility for the subject or work in the capacity of supporting primary D&T.  The D&T Association is keen to point out that the suite of resources that it has developed and are now being used in many of the country’s schools, specifically address the issues that are referred to. Some of these are freely downloadable from our website and others are available through the on line shop.

The report states that secondary schools have improved but the gap between the North and Midlands and the rest of the country has not narrowed, in fact, it has widened slightly. The quality of technical and vocational education and training is referred to, but there is no mention of D&T in secondary schools.

However, the issue to do with recruitment of teachers to courses of initial teacher education is highlighted.  This year for D&T, only 41% of the target number were recruited, resulting in the enrolment of just 430 trainees.

Read the full report here

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