Inspection criteria

  • Attendance: what Ofsted is looking for
    Ofsted 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': expanding narrow definitions
    '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.
  • '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.
  • How Ofsted inspects 'behaviour and attitudes'
    Learn how Ofsted inspects 'behaviour and attitudes' in a graded inspection under the Ofsted inspection framework. This judgement covers behaviour, attendance, exclusion and attitudes to learning.
  • How Ofsted inspects governance
    Get to grips with how governance is inspected under the 2019 Ofsted framework, and the role of governors on inspection day.
  • 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 safeguarding
    Understand 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 curriculum
    Ofsted's 'quality of education' measure puts your curriculum in the spotlight. Understand how inspectors will judge your intent, implementation and impact, and the evidence they'll consider. Also see what's changed now the transition period is over.
  • 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.
  • Ofsted 'deep dives': maths (primary)
    Find out what evidence inspectors will look at during a maths 'deep dive', and what questions they might ask. Download our list of questions to help you prepare.
  • 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 how Ofsted inspectors do a science 'deep dive' and see what they might ask by downloading our list of questions based on previous inspections.
  • Ofsted 'summary evaluations' of trusts: explainer
    Summary evaluations are Ofsted's approach to gathering findings about a trust. Find out what happens at each stage of the process, what Ofsted will expect of you and your leadership team and what it's likely to consider.
    For Trust Leaders