Demonstrating a school's capacity to improveHow can I demonstrate to Ofsted my school's capacity to improve? This article outlines how Ofsted will consider a school's capacity to improve. We also relay advice from one of our associate experts who suggests how to demonstrate a track record of improvement and the capacity to sustain it.
Presenting information on safeguarding referrals to OfstedHow should we present information on safeguarding referrals to Ofsted? In this article, two of our associate education experts give advice on presenting information on safeguarding referrals to Ofsted. You will also find examples of forms used for recording information about safeguarding referrals.
Subject leaders: how to evidence impact to OfstedFind out how to prove to inspectors that your subject leadership is having an impact on the quality of education in your school. Draw on national data, your strategic planning, and your monitoring and evaluation to help you tell your story confidently.
Attendance: what Ofsted is looking forOfsted will consider your attendance data when making judgements in certain areas. Read about what evidence they'll 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 2019 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 what parts of school leadership will be judged under the 2019 inspection framework. See what evidence you may be expected to provide, and read a summary of the grade descriptors.
How Ofsted inspects 'personal development'Learn how Ofsted will inspect '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 your curriculumThe new '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 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 'deep dives': geography (primary)Find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a geography 'deep dive'. Read our curriculum questions to get the latest insights – they're based on recent inspections under the new framework.
Ofsted 'deep dives': maths (primary)Find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a maths 'deep dive'. Download our list of questions to get the latest insights – it's based on several recent inspections under the new framework.
Ofsted 'deep dives': reading (primary)Find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a reading 'deep dive'. Download our list of questions to get the latest insights – it's based on 5 recent inspections under the new framework.
Ofsted 'deep dives': scienceFind out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a science 'deep dive'. Download our list of questions to get the latest insights – they're based on recent inspections under the 2019 framework.
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.
Requesting an Ofsted inspectionSchools can request and Ofsted inspection outside of the normal inspection schedule. Find out how to request an inspection,and what you should consider before making the request.
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 checklist and list of questions so governors know the key things to do throughout the year and what inspectors might ask them.
Pre-inspection checklistYou get 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.
Preparing for Ofsted: presentationsAre there presentations on preparing for inspection? We link to a presentation on preparing for inspection, aimed at deputy headteachers. We also refer to further articles with guidance on preparing for inspection.
SIAMS inspections: what you need to knowGet ready for your next SIAMS inspection with our summary of the new evaluation schedule, in place from September 2018, and make sure you're clear on the relationship between these inspections and those conducted by Ofsted.
Questions Ofsted might ask about inclusion and attendanceWhat questions might inspectors ask on inclusion and attendance? Our associate experts suggest questions that might be asked, and describe what inspectors may be looking for. One of our experts also explains why inspectors may wish to speak to an inclusion manager.
Questions Ofsted might ask EYFS staffShare 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 SLTDownload our list of questions to find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask about your curriculum – it’s based on 8 recent inspections under the new framework. Plus, see what inspectors might ask about other judgement areas.
Questions Ofsted might ask learning mentorsDo you have examples of questions Ofsted may ask learning mentors? With one of our associate education experts, we have produced a list of questions that an Ofsted inspector may ask a learning mentor during an inspection. You will also find links to inspection reports with comments about mentors.
Questions Ofsted might ask middle leadersDownload our list of questions to find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask about your curriculum – it’s based on 8 recent inspections under the new framework. Plus, see what inspectors might ask about other judgement areas.
Questions Ofsted might ask SBMsLearn what questions Ofsted inspectors might ask school business managers (SBMs) during 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 teachersShare our questions with your teachers so they know what inspectors might ask them about the curriculum – they're based on 8 inspections under the new framework. Plus, get your teachers, TAs and support staff Ofsted-ready in other judgement areas.
Coronavirus: Ofsted monitoring inspections in spring 2021UpdatedOfsted's remote monitoring inspections of 'inadequate' and 'requires improvement' schools will focus on how well you're providing education to your pupils during coronavirus - but they'll no longer focus on school improvement. Find out how the visits will be carried out.
Inspection judgements: grade descriptorsPrint a copy of our side-by-side comparison of Ofsted grade descriptors, updated for the 2019 framework, including what 'outstanding', 'good', 'requires improvement' and 'inadequate' mean.
Inspection of alternative provisionUse our article to learn about how pupil referral units (PRUs) and alternative provision academies are inspected. You will also find information on inspection of off-site units and residential provision.
Inspection of schools rated ‘requires improvement’Schools rated 'requires improvement' may receive a monitoring inspection prior to a section 5 re-inspection. Read on to find out more about the frequency of inspections for schools rated 'requires improvement', and what happens during such inspections.