How Ofsted gathers evidence about pupil experienceOfsted inspectors don't expect to see written pupil case studies. Understand how Ofsted will learn about and evaluate pupil experiences of your school, including which pupil groups and topics they are likely to focus on.
How to present safeguarding referrals to OfstedOfsted will ask to see a list of safeguarding referrals made to your DSL. Get expert advice on presenting this information, and find examples of forms other schools use for recording these referrals.
Attendance: what Ofsted is looking forOfsted will consider your attendance data when making specific judgements. Understand what evidence inspectors will want to look at, and what they want to see in 'outstanding' and 'good' schools.
'Cultural capital': what Ofsted is looking forIt's a buzzword from the inspection framework, and Ofsted will consider it when assessing your quality of education, but what does 'cultural capital' mean? Read on to find out, and how inspectors will evaluate it in your school.
How Ofsted inspects 'leadership and management'Understand which parts of school leadership and management will be judged under the Ofsted inspection framework. See what evidence you can provide and read a summary of the grade descriptors.
How Ofsted inspects 'personal development'Learn how Ofsted inspects 'personal development' under the 2019 framework, including how SMSC development is considered. Download our list of questions inspectors might ask about British values.
How Ofsted inspects safeguardingUnderstand what Ofsted expects to see in your safeguarding arrangements, and what evidence inspectors will collect during an inspection. Download our list of questions Ofsted might ask about child protection, including how you handle sexual harassment and abuse in your school.
How Ofsted inspects your curriculumOfsted's 'quality of education' measure puts your curriculum in the spotlight. Find out how inspectors will judge your intent, implementation and impact, and the evidence they'll draw on. Also see details of the updated transitional period.
How Ofsted will assess RSE (primary)Relationships and sex education (RSE) won't be inspected on its own - instead, Ofsted will look at how you're meeting statutory requirements for RSE, and consider this within your personal development, and leadership and management.
How Ofsted will assess RSE (secondary)Ofsted won't inspect relationships and sex education (RSE) on its own - instead, inspectors will look at how you're meeting statutory requirements for RSE, and consider this within your personal development, and leadership and management.
How to expand narrow definitions of ‘cultural capital’'Cultural capital' doesn't have to be limited to culture that's mostly white, middle-class and male. Find out how to provide your pupils with cultural capital that celebrates all cultures and values diversity, to prepare them for life in modern Britain.
Ofsted changes for September 2021: summaryOfsted has updated its inspection handbooks for September 2021. See what's changed for the new academic year, including inspection guidance on sexual harassment and the extension of inspection windows.
Ofsted 'deep dives': geography (primary)Find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a geography 'deep dive'. Read our curriculum questions – they're based on inspections under the 2019 framework.
Ofsted 'deep dives': maths (primary)Find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a maths 'deep dive'. Download our list of questions - it's based on inspections under the 2019 framework.
Ofsted 'deep dives': reading (primary)Find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a reading 'deep dive'. Download our list of questions - it's based on inspections under the 2019 framework.
Ofsted 'deep dives': scienceFind out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a science 'deep dive'. Download our list of questions - it's based on inspections under the 2019 framework.
How Ofsted inspects SEND provisionSee how Ofsted inspects SEND provision in special schools and mainstream schools with SEND provision. Find out what inspectors look for, how they gather evidence, and how they assess outcomes.
Teaching assistants' role in Ofsted inspectionsInspectors won't judge individual teaching assistants – they're more interested in how effectively you use them. However, your TAs might get asked about safeguarding and behaviour. Find out what Ofsted expects from TAs so you can be prepared.
How to keep governors Ofsted-readyIf you update your board regularly on what's going on in your school, governors will likely be more than ready for an Ofsted inspection. Hand out our list of questions so governors know what inspectors might ask them.
Ofsted pre-inspection checklistYou've received the call from Ofsted that you’re going to be inspected. Here’s what to do before they arrive, and the information you need to make available by the start of the inspection.
SIAMS inspections: what you need to knowGet ready for your next SIAMS inspection with our summary of the revised 2021 evaluation schedule, and check you're clear on the relationship between these inspections and those conducted by Ofsted.
Questions Ofsted might ask about inclusion and attendanceDownload our list of questions Ofsted inspectors could potentially ask about inclusion and attendance, including the impact of coronavirus on attendance. Find out what follow up questions inspectors may ask based on your school's data.
Questions Ofsted might ask EYFS staffShare these questions with your Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) staff so they can prepare for an inspection under the updated early years framework for 2021. Each question includes suggestions of evidence they could use to support their answers.
Questions Ofsted might ask headteachers and the SLTDownload our lists of questions Ofsted inspectors might ask. You'll find questions related to COVID-19, how you've delivered remote learning, your approach to sexual harassment and how you've supported staff wellbeing
Questions Ofsted might ask middle leadersDownload our list of questions Ofsted inspectors might ask. You'll find questions related to COVID-19, covering topics like how you've delivered remote learning, helped pupils catch up and supported your staff during the pandemic.
Questions Ofsted might ask SBMsLearn what questions Ofsted inspectors might ask school business managers (SBMs) during an inspection under the 2019 Ofsted framework, and read some tips for preparing for inspection.
Questions Ofsted might ask SENCOsDownload our list of questions to find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask you as a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) under the 2019 inspection framework. Plus, get tips on how to make the most of your inspection meeting.
Questions Ofsted might ask teachers (primary)Share our questions with your teachers so they know what inspectors might ask them about the curriculum – they're based on 8 inspections under the 2019 framework. Plus, get your teachers Ofsted-ready in other judgement areas.
2019 Ofsted inspection framework: what it means for your schoolA revised Ofsted inspection framework came into force in September 2019. Read on to find out what to do under this current framework, how to assess your curriculum's 'intent, implementation and impact' with our prompts, and know how inspectors will judge behaviour in your school.
How Ofsted inspects alternative provisionLearn how Ofsted inspects pupil referral units (PRUs) and alternative provision (AP) academies. You'll also find information covering inspection of off-site units and residential provision.
Inspection judgements: Ofsted grade descriptorsUse our side-by-side comparison of Ofsted grade descriptors, which reflect the September 2021 School Inspection Handbook updates, to understand the criteria inspectors use to make their judgements.