Documents relating to Ofsted's inspections of maintained schools and academies.

You can also read school inspection update newsletters for updates and guidance about our school inspection work.

Guidance for inspectors

  1. Education inspection framework (EIF)
    • Guidance
  2. Inspecting the curriculum
    • Guidance
  3. Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills
    • Guidance
  4. School inspection handbook
    • Guidance
  5. Section 8 school inspection handbook
    • Guidance

Guidance for schools

  1. Inspecting schools: guide for maintained and academy schools
    • Guidance
  2. Risk assessment methodology for maintain schools and academies
    • Guidance
  3. Deferring Ofsted inspections
    • Guidance

Other resources

  1. School inspections: staff and pupil questionnaire text
    • Research and analysis
  2. Early years provision in schools: apply for disqualification waiver
    • Form

Inspection dashboard

  1. Using Ofsted’s inspection data summary report (IDSR): 16 to 19
    • Guidance
  2. Using Ofsted’s IDSR: early years foundation stage profile to key stage 4
    • Guidance

Ofsted Parent View

  1. Ofsted Parent View: toolkit for schools
    • Guidance
  2. Ofsted Parent View: management information
    • Statistical data set
Published 2 December 2014
Last updated 27 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added risk assessment methodology for schools.
  2. Updated with safeguarding concerns guidance for inspectors.
  3. Added Parent View information.
  4. Links updated to documents for use from September 2015.
  5. First published.
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