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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.