This framework sets out Ofsted's inspection principles and the main judgements that inspectors make.

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The education inspection framework sets out how Ofsted will inspect state schools, further education and skills providers, non-association independent schools and registered early years settings in England.

Read our inspecting the curriculum guidance, which explains how inspectors will look at the quality of education.

You can also read individual handbooks for:

We ran a consultation on the framework and draft handbooks between January and April 2019.

Published 14 May 2019
Last updated 2 September 2019 + show all updates

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