Ofsted’s new education inspection framework applies to maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills providers and early years settings.

Ofsted consulted on the draft education inspection framework and proposed handbooks between January and April 2019.

We published the new framework and handbooks on 14 May 2019 along with a consultation outcome report.

Guidance for inspectors

  1. Education inspection framework (EIF)
    • Guidance
  2. Inspecting the curriculum
    • Guidance
  3. Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills
    • Guidance

Handbooks for inspectors

  1. Early years inspection handbook
    • Guidance
  2. School inspection handbook
    • Guidance
  3. Section 8 school inspection handbook
    • Guidance
  4. Independent schools inspection handbook
    • Guidance
  5. Further education and skills inspection handbook
    • Guidance

Guidance for providers

  1. Inspecting schools: guide for maintained and academy schools
    • Guidance
  2. Risk assessment methodology for maintain schools and academies
    • Guidance
  3. Selecting new schools for inspection
    • Guidance
  4. Inspecting further education and skills: guide for providers
    • Guidance
  5. Risk assessment methodology for further education and skills providers
    • Guidance


  1. Education inspection framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education
    • Consultation outcome


  1. Education inspection framework: overview of research
    • Research and analysis
  2. Commentary on curriculum research – phase 3
    • Authored article
  3. HMCI commentary: curriculum and the new education inspection framework
    • Authored article
  4. HMCI’s commentary: recent primary and secondary curriculum research
    • Authored article

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Videos and slides about our curriculum research

Video playlist about our curriculum research

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View accompanying slides for schools and early years or further education and skills.

  1. HMCI commentary: the roles of inspection and autonomy
    • Authored article
  2. What’s changing at Ofsted in autumn 2019?
    • News story
  3. School inspection update: academic year 2018 to 2019
    • Correspondence
  4. Ofsted’s new inspection arrangements to focus on curriculum, behaviour and development
    • Press release

Published 16 January 2019
Last updated 27 September 2019 + show all updates

  1. Added risk assessment methodology for schools and further education and skills providers.
  2. Added handbooks for maintained schools and academies, further education and skills, early years and non-association independent schools, for use from September 2019.
  3. First published.