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  • How Ofsted gathers evidence about pupil experience UpdatedOfsted inspectors don't expect to see written pupil case studies. Find out what Ofsted will do to find out about and evaluate pupil experiences of your school, including which pupil groups and topics they are likely to focus on.
  • 'Outstanding' leadership and management: presenting evidence to Ofsted The School Inspection Handbook sets out the sources of evidence inspectors will use when judging leadership and management. Download our KeyDoc to see how you might demonstrate 'outstanding' leadership and management to Ofsted inspectors or school improvement partners.
  • Presenting information on safeguarding referrals to Ofsted Ofsted 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 schools use for recording these referrals.
  • Subject leaders: how to evidence impact to Ofsted Find 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.
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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. The new judgement covers behaviour, attendance, exclusion and attitudes to learning.
  • How Ofsted inspects early years education UpdatedLearn 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 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' UpdatedLearn 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 UpdatedUnderstand 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 UpdatedOfsted'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 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 – 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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  • How to keep governors Ofsted-ready If 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.
  • Ofsted inspection: curriculum FAQs Not sure how Ofsted will inspect your curriculum? Get answers to frequently asked questions under the 2019 framework.
  • Ofsted inspection: curriculum FAQs from small schools, special schools, PRUs and AP settings Not sure how the 2019 framework will apply in your setting? Get answers to frequently asked questions about curriculum inspection in schools like yours.
  • Pre-inspection checklist You 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: presentations Are 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.
  • Role of the school office in an Ofsted inspection Support staff may be interviewed by Ofsted inspectors. Read our article to find out what they should know, and how your office team can support with inspection preparations.
  • SIAMS inspections: what you need to know Get 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.
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  • Questions Ofsted might ask about inclusion and attendance What 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 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 to find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask about your curriculum – it’s based on 8 recent inspections under the 2019 framework. Plus, see what inspectors might ask about other judgement areas.
  • Questions Ofsted might ask learning mentors Do 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 leaders Download our list of questions to find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask about your curriculum – it’s based on 8 inspections under the 2019 framework. Plus, see what inspectors might ask about other judgement areas.
  • 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.
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  • 2019 Ofsted inspection framework: what it means for your school Ofsted inspection is changing from September 2019: you've read the headlines, now find out what to do. Assess your curriculum's 'intent, implementation and impact' with our prompts, and know how inspectors will judge behaviour in your school.
  • Coronavirus: Ofsted monitoring inspections in spring 2021 Ofsted'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.
  • Frequency of Ofsted inspections Find out how often Ofsted inspects schools and get an idea of when your next inspection will be.
  • Inspection judgements: grade descriptors Print 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 provision Use 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.
  • Section 8 inspections for 'good' schools UpdatedBe 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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