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  • Attendance: what Ofsted is looking for Ofsted will consider your attendance data when making judgements in certain areas. Read about 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 for It'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.
  • Definitions: 'disadvantaged pupils' and 'vulnerable' pupils Learn how the DfE and Ofsted define 'disadvantaged' pupils. There's no official definition of 'vulnerable' pupils, but you can see examples of how the DfE and the Children's Commissioner define this group.
  • Health and safety: how to show Ofsted you're fulfilling your duties Ofsted doesn't have set criteria for evaluating health and safety, but it'll report on any failure to comply with statutory requirements. Be clear on your obligations, and good practice, so you feel ready if Ofsted asks.
  • How Ofsted inspects 'behaviour and attitudes' Learn how Ofsted inspects 'behaviour and attitudes' under the 2019 framework. This judgement covers behaviour, attendance, exclusion and attitudes to learning.
  • How Ofsted inspects early years education Learn how Ofsted inspects your EYFS provision. This judgement covers nursery, reception, provision for two- and three-year-olds and wrap around care.
  • How Ofsted inspects governance Learn how governance is inspected under the 2019 Ofsted framework, and the role of governors on inspection day.
  • How Ofsted inspects 'leadership and management' Understand what parts of school leadership and management will be judged under the 2019 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 safeguarding Understand what Ofsted expects to see in your safeguarding arrangements, and what evidence inspectors will collect during an inspection. Get ahead of the game by downloading our list of questions Ofsted might ask about child protection.
  • How Ofsted inspects sixth forms If you have sixth form provision at your school, learn how Ofsted will inspect it under the 2019 framework.
  • How Ofsted inspects your curriculum Ofsted's 'quality of education' measure puts your curriculum in the spotlight. Find out how inspectors will judge your intent, implementation and impact, the evidence they'll rely on, and what makes an 'outstanding' quality of education.
  • 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) NewOfsted 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: summary Ofsted has updated its inspection handbooks for September 2021. See what's changing 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': science Find 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.
  • School policies: what Ofsted is looking for Ofsted inspectors won't grade your policies, but they'll want to know how you're implementing them. Find out what inspectors would want to see from your school.
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  • How Ofsted inspects SEND provision See 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 inspections Inspectors 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.
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  • Questions Ofsted might ask about inclusion and attendance Download 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 staff Share these questions with your Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) staff so they can prepare for an inspection. Each question includes suggestions of evidence they could use to support their answers.
  • Questions Ofsted might ask headteachers and the SLT Download 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, kept pupils safe and supported your staff during the pandemic.
  • Questions Ofsted might ask middle leaders Download 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 SBMs Learn 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 SENCOs Download 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.
  • Questions Ofsted might ask teachers (secondary) Share our questions with your teachers so they know what inspectors might ask them about the curriculum. Plus, get your teachers Ofsted-ready in other judgement areas.
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  • 2019 Ofsted inspection framework: what it means for your school A 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.
  • Frequency of Ofsted inspections Find out how often Ofsted inspects schools and get an idea of when your next inspection will be.
  • Inspection judgements: Ofsted grade descriptors Use our side-by-side comparison of Ofsted grade descriptors, which reflect the April 2021 School Inspection Handbook updates, to understand the criteria inspectors use to make their judgements.
  • Inspection of alternative provision Learn 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.
  • Ofsted inspection of schools rated ‘requires improvement’ UpdatedIf you're rated 'requires improvement', you may receive a monitoring inspection prior to a section 5 re-inspection. Understand what happens during a monitoring inspection and the frequency of inspections.
  • Ofsted inspections in summer 2021 Ofsted is continuing with monitoring inspections for 'inadequate' and some 'requires improvement' schools - this is in addition to section 8 inspections for some 'good' schools. Find out how visits will be carried out for your school grade.
  • Section 8 inspections for 'good' and 'outstanding' schools Be ready for your next section 8 inspection when Ofsted restarts routine inspections in autumn 2021. Here's what happens before, during and after, and what Ofsted will be looking for.
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