Ofsted Consultations

Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update

Ofsted guidance and information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills providers. updated 9:30am, 11 May 2020

Registering emergency children’s homes as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic: fast-track applications

Guide for local authorities and existing registered providers on fast-tracking their application to register children’s homes services. updated 9:30am, 11 May 2020

Registering children’s homes in an emergency as a direct result of COVID-19 pandemic: fast-track applications

Guide for local authorities and existing registered providers on fast-tracking their application to register children’s homes services. updated 12:06pm, 11 May 2020

Ofsted: prompt payment data 2019 to 2020

Data on how long it takes Ofsted to pay invoices updated 12:06pm, 11 May 2020.

Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare

This report details the names and addresses for childminders and childcare on domestic premises, where the provider has consented for their name and address to be published on the Ofsted inspection report website. updated 9:30am, 15 May 2020

Further education and skills inspections and outcomes: management information from September 2019 to August 2020

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Management information showing in-year and most recent inspection outcomes.

Ofsted Parent View: management information

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Management information published annually in the interests of transparency.

State-funded school inspections and outcomes: management information

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Management information published monthly, and a one-off publication of inspections and outcomes from 2005 to 2015.

School inspection data summary report (IDSR) guide

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This guide gives an overview of the inspection data summary report (IDSR) for primary and secondary schools, along with information to help interpret the charts.

Further education and skills statistics

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Ofsted inspection statistics for further education and skills.

Ofsted inspections of further education and skills providers

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Guidance on inspecting further education and skills providers, including short inspections, safeguarding, our handbook and inspections of training in prisons.

Ofsted's ethical research policy

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We explain how we carry out research with people in an ethical way.

Social care: guidance for Ofsted staff

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This handbook sets out the legal background to Ofsted’s social care compliance work and Ofsted’s powers.

Exploring Ofsted inspection data with Data View

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Use Data View to explore inspection data for children’s social care, early years, further education and skills, initial teacher education providers and state-funded schools.

Non-association independent schools inspections and outcomes in England: August 2019

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Provisional data for the period September 2018 to August 2019 and revised data for the period September 2017 to August 2018.

Moderation and verification of centre assessment judgements

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Consultation on awarding organisation controls around centre assessment judgements.

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Consultation decisions and analysis of responses published.

Amanda Spielman at the National Day Nurseries Association

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Amanda Spielman spoke about the education inspection framework (EIF) and offered clarity on how Ofsted inspects.

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2:31pm, 28 June 2019

Further education and skills statistics

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Ofsted inspection statistics for further education and skills.

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Added Further education and skills inspections and outcomes as at 28 February 2019.
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9:30am, 27 June 2019

Further education and skills inspections and outcomes as at 28 February 2019

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Data covers the period 1 September 2018 to 28 February 2019.

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9:30am, 27 June 2019



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Education inspection framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education

Ofsted seeks your views on our proposals for changes to the education inspection framework from September 2019.
12:00am, 14 May 2019: Added the consultation response report, a document on inspecting the curriculum and our inspection methodology and an equality, diversity and inclusion statement.

Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education


Ofsted carried out a research project on knife crime in education. This report sets out our findings and recommendations.


16 January 2019 — Guidance

Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education

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Ofsted carried out a research project on knife crime in education. This report sets out our findings and recommendations.

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Added link to provider level survey response data.


Responses to our research into knife crime

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The provider-level responses from London schools to our knife crime survey.

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First published.


Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF)

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The social care common inspection framework, or SCCIF, sets out how Ofsted will inspect social care establishments and agencies.

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Minor updates to all SCCIF handbooks including additional guidance for inspectors in the ‘Listening and talking to children and young people’ sections and updated guidance in the ‘Conduct during inspections’ sections.


Children's social care services: raising concerns with Ofsted

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How to share concerns about children’s social care services with Ofsted, including whistleblowing, and what we will do with the information.

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As we work to improve the accessibility of our website, we have made updates to the structure and layout of this page.


Accessibility statement: register as a childminder service

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This accessibility statement is for our register as a childminder digital service.

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Ofsted Parent View toolkit for schools

This toolkit explains Ofsted Parent View. Schools can use it to encourage parents and carers to share their experiences of their child’s school.
29 August 2019

Section 8 school inspection handbook

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors carrying out school inspections under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
2 September 2019

Amanda Spielman's speech to the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector discussed her visits to 3 schools in the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area and the new inspection framework consultation.

1:03pm, 2 May 2019: First published. Read More...



16 January 2019 — Open consultation

Education inspection framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education


Ofsted seeks your views on our proposals for changes to the education inspection framework from September 2019.


16 March 2019 — Speech

Amanda Spielman's speech at the 2019 ASCL annual conference


Ofsted’s Chief Inspector spoke at the ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders) Annual Conference 2019 in Birmingham.


13 March 2019 — Press release

A new and robust inspection regime for secure training centres


Ofsted has published a new joint inspection framework for secure training centres (STCs) that promises to focus even more closely on those are judged inadequate.


12 March 2019 — Research and analysis

Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the common inspection framework.
12:00am, 14 May 2019: Added a new version of inspecting safeguarding guidance, to be used alongside the new education inspection framework from September 2019 onwards.

Ofsted inspection handbooks: drafts for consultation


Proposed inspection handbooks for early years, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and further education and skills.

16 January 2019 — Guidance

Education inspection framework: draft for consultation


The draft education inspection framework for 2019 sets out how Ofsted proposes to inspect schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings

How Ofsted inspects

Ofsted regulation and inspection of childminder agencies

Ofsted inspections of children's centres

Ofsted inspections of early years and childcare providers

Ofsted inspections of further education and skills providers

Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF)

Joint inspections of local area services

Ofsted inspections of maintained schools

Ofsted inspections of non-association independent schools

Inspections of secure training centres

Ofsted inspections of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

Ofsted's inspections of initial teacher education providers

Approval of independent school inspectorates

Inspecting local authority children's services from 2018




Inspecting education quality: lesson observation and workbook scrutiny

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These reports look into reliable and valid methods for inspectors to assess the quality of education using lesson observation and workbook scrutiny.

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9:30am, 26 June 2019

Local area SEND inspections: information for families

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Information for families about inspections of local area services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

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Added dates and webinar links for Portsmouth City Council, London Borough of Harrow and Middlesbrough Borough Council.
Time updated
4:28pm, 25 June 2019

Ofsted Chief Inspector repeats call for outstanding school exemption to be lifted as more schools lose top Ofsted grade

Only 16% of outstanding primary and secondary schools inspected this academic year retained their top Ofsted rating, according to official statistics published today. 10:02am, 13 June 2019: First published.

State-funded schools statistics

Official statistics on the inspections and outcomes of maintained schools and academies in England. 9:30am, 13 June 2019: Added State-funded schools inspections and outcomes as at 31 March 2019 to collection page.

State-funded schools inspections and outcomes as at 31 March 2019

Data covers the period 1 September 2018 to 31 March 2019. 9:30am, 13 June 2019: First published.

Amanda Spielman at National Governance Association

Amanda Spielman spoke about the response to the consultation on the education inspection framework and what the new framework means for governors. 12:06pm, 10 June 2019: Minor change to the ‘Data’ section to reflect the Chief Inspector’s words more accurately.

Further education and skills inspections and outcomes: management information from September 2018 to August 2019


Management information showing in-year and most recent inspection outcomes.
9:30am, 10 April 2019: Added management information as at 31 March 2019.

Further education and skills inspection handbook (EIF)

Handbook for Ofsted inspectors on inspecting further education and skills providers under the education inspection framework, for use from September 2019.
12:00am, 14 May 2019: First published.

Using Ofsted’s IDSR: early years foundation stage profile to key stage 4

Guidance for the primary and secondary inspection data summary report (IDSR).

3:59pm, 1 May 2019: Primary and secondary guidance documents updated to incorporate recent three term absence data release.

Retaining Ofsted's current grading system in education

This report sets out the arguments and evidence for keeping Ofsted’s existing 4-point grading system. 12:00am, 30 April 2019: First published.

Local area SEND inspections: information for families

Information for families about inspections of local area services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). 11:35am, 29 April 2019: Added revisit dates for the London Borough of Brent.

Social care surveys: guidance for providers

Guidance for social care providers about distributing the 2019 surveys and a promotional poster that they can use.

9:30am, 29 April 2019: Updated guidance and promotional posters for social care providers for 2019 surveys.

Joint inspections of arrangements and services for children in need of help and protection

Framework and guidance for joint targeted area inspections of local area services.
9:30am, 16 May 2019: Added updated document – a summary of changes is included at the end of the framework.