Inspection and performance of schools

Ofsted reports and performance tables. Inspections of academies, maintained and non-maintained schools, independent schools and more.

General information and guidance

  1. 16 to 18 minimum standards for 2016

    This document sets out the minimum standard measure applied to all schools and colleges for 16- to 18-year-olds.

  2. Approval of independent school inspectorates

    Guidance for independent school inspectorates on getting or losing approval from the Secretary of State for Education.

  3. Complaint and compliance action summaries: guidance for inspectors

    Guidance for Ofsted inspectors writing outcome summaries for providers on the Early Years and/or Childcare Registers.

  4. Conduct of inspectors during Ofsted inspections

    Guidance on the conduct of Ofsted inspectors and Ofsted's expectations of providers during inspection.

  5. Inspecting schools: note on the use of assessment information

    Document and letter to schools outlining how inspection in 2014/15 and beyond will take account of the removal of national curriculum levels.

  6. Letters to academy trusts about poor performance

    DfE letters to academy trusts about poor or inadequate performance or weaknesses in safeguarding, governance or financial management.

  7. No-notice school inspections: advice note

    Advice note from Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI to the Secretary of State for Education on no-notice school inspections.

  8. Ofsted Inspectors: conflicts of interest policy and procedure

    Outlines when Ofsted Inspectors should declare a conflict of interest and the procedure for doing so.

  9. Ofsted provider portal: guidance for providers

    The provider portal allows Ofsted and the provider to share documentation during an inspection.

  10. Ofsted schools survey reports

    Ofsted survey and thematic reports for schools.

  11. Ofsted’s inspection workforce from September 2015

    This document aims to answer some of the common questions about the changes made to our inspection workforce arrangements from September.

  12. Ofsted's inspections of initial teacher education providers

    Documents relating to Osted's inspections of initial teacher education providers.

  13. Parent View - poster and leaflet

    Poster and leaflet that schools can print and display in classroom or reception areas to promote Parent View to parents and carers.

  14. Parent View: toolkit for schools

    Key facts about the Parent View survey and materials that can be adapted and used by schools to raise awareness with parents.

  15. School inspection handbook

    Guidance for inspecting schools under the common inspection framework, with a mythbuster document on common misconceptions.

  16. Schools causing concern

    Statutory guidance on local authorities' and regional schools commissioners' responsibilities relating to schools and PRUs causing concern.

  17. Tower Hamlets school inspections: advice note

    Advice note from Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI to the Secretary of State for Education on school inspections in Tower Hamlets.

Inspection of British schools overseas

The standards inspectorates use to inspect schools, and what support is available. How inspectorates are approved to conduct inspections.

  1. British schools overseas inspection scheme

    What British schools overseas need to know about the voluntary inspection scheme and available support.

  2. British schools overseas: standards for inspectorates

    The standards that inspectorates of British schools overseas must meet to be able to inspect schools.

  3. British schools overseas: standards for schools

    The standards that inspectorates of British schools overseas will refer to when they inspect schools.

  4. Independent inspection providers for British schools overseas

    Protocol for Ofsted’s working arrangements with approved independent inspection providers for British schools overseas.

Inspection of boarding and residential schools

How boarding and residential schools are inspected: handbooks, guidance, minimum standards, letters.

  1. Boarding schools and residential special schools: inspection documents

    For inspection from 1 April 2017. The letter of notice, letter to parents and Annex A for boarding school and residential special school inspections.

  2. Boarding schools: national minimum standards

    The national minimum standards that boarding schools must meet to safeguard and protect the children in their care.

  3. Bridge Schools Inspectorate: Ofsted advice note

    Advice note from Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, on the inspection of schools previously inspected by the Bridge Schools Inspectorate.

  4. Conducting full joint inspections of youth offending work

    Guidance for Ofsted inspectors in carrying out full joint inspections of youth offending work.

  5. Independent schools - changing boarding or residential provision

    Form for a material change inspection to an independent school seeking to open or change existing boarding or residential provision.

  6. Inspecting independent schools: letter for parents and carers

    This is a letter sent to parents and carers about independent school inspections at the time of inspection.

  7. Inspecting independent schools: pre-registration and material change inspections

    A leaflet for registered and proposed new independent schools outlining what Ofsted inspectors will look for.

  8. Inspections of unregistered schools: guidance for inspectors

    This handbook sets out Ofsted’s policies and procedures for inspecting premises that appear to be operating as unregistered independent schools.

  9. Material change inspections - national minimum standards forms

    Form for material change inspections of an independent school seeking to open or change existing boarding provision welfare.

  10. National minimum standards check sheet for a material change inspection of an independent special school residential provision

    Check sheet for material change inspection of an independent special school seeking to open or change existing residential provision – welfare only.

  11. Residential holiday scheme for disabled children: do you need to register?

    What you need to know about registering with Ofsted if you want to open or manage a residential holiday scheme for disabled children.

  12. Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): boarding schools and residential special schools

    Guidance about how boarding schools and residential special schools are inspected.

Inspection of independent schools

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors, resources for staff and parents. Inspection handbook, school action plans, emergency inspections.

  1. Annual questionnaire of pupils at non-association independent schools

    Ofsted's annual point-in-time survey for all pupils aged 2 to 19 at non-association independent schools.

  2. Emergency welfare-only inspections of independent schools

    Advice note for an independent schools emergency inspection - welfare only.

  3. Independent school action plans

    Guidance on producing an action plan to meet independent school standards.

  4. Independent schools - changing boarding or residential provision

    Form for a material change inspection to an independent school seeking to open or change existing boarding or residential provision.

  5. Inspecting independent schools: letter for parents and carers

    This is a letter sent to parents and carers about independent school inspections at the time of inspection.

  6. Inspecting independent schools: pre-registration and material change inspections

    A leaflet for registered and proposed new independent schools outlining what Ofsted inspectors will look for.

  7. Inspections of unregistered schools: guidance for inspectors

    This handbook sets out Ofsted’s policies and procedures for inspecting premises that appear to be operating as unregistered independent schools.

  8. Material change inspections - national minimum standards forms

    Form for material change inspections of an independent school seeking to open or change existing boarding provision welfare.

  9. National minimum standards check sheet for a material change inspection of an independent special school residential provision

    Check sheet for material change inspection of an independent special school seeking to open or change existing residential provision – welfare only.

  10. Ofsted inspections of non-association independent schools

    This collection brings together information about how inspections work as well as resources for staff, inspectors and parents.

  11. Questionnaire for local authorities which place children in independent schools

    Annual point-in-time questionnaire for inspecting education in non-association independent schools and inspecting boarding provision in maintained and independent boarding and residential special schools.

Inspection of local authority support for schools

How Ofsted inspects local authority support for improving schools. Guidance for inspectors and education providers.

  1. Inspecting local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement: framework

    The framework for inspecting local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement in England.

  2. Inspecting local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement: guidance for inspectors

    Instructions and guidance for inspectors conducting inspections of local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement.

  3. Inspecting local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement: guidance for providers

    Ofsted inspects local authority arrangements for supporting improvement in schools.

Inspection of maintained schools and academies

How schools maintained by local authorities are inspected: handbooks, guidance for schools and parents, grades, letters.

  1. Changes to education inspection from September 2015

    Details of the changes to how Ofsted will inspect early years provision, schools and further education and skills from September 2015.

  2. Complaints to Ofsted about schools: guidance for parents

    This document sets out some things you can do if you are concerned about a state-maintained school or academy.

  3. Handbook for short, monitoring and unannounced behaviour school inspections

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

  4. How Ofsted inspects maintained schools and academies

    A guide for schools about Ofsted inspections and grades.

  5. How Ofsted will select new schools for inspection

    Information on how Ofsted will select new schools, including academies and free schools, for inspection starting from the 2015 to 2016 academic year.

  6. Inspecting schools: guidance for parents

    A leaflet for parents and carers of children whose school is due for inspection.

  7. Inspecting schools: leaflet for schools

    This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during a school inspection.

  8. Pre-registration advice notes for free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges 2015

    At the request of the Secretary of State for Education, Ofsted conducts pre-registration inspections of proposed free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges.

  9. Using Ofsted’s inspection dashboard

    These documents provide inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about Ofsted’s inspection dashboard.

Inspection of non-maintained schools

How non-maintained special schools are inspected, accountability, interventions.

  1. Non-maintained special schools: intervention and accountability

    When the Department for Education will intervene in a failing or underperforming non-maintained special school (NMSS).

  2. Pre-registration advice notes for free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges 2016

    At the request of the Secretary of State for Education, Ofsted conducts pre-registration inspections of proposed free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges.

Pupil performance in schools

Research and evaluation of teaching methods and strategies for increasing children's attainment in education.

  1. Assessment principles: school curriculum

    Information for all schools on developing effective assessment systems.

  2. Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize: nominate outstanding pupils

    How secondary schools in the north-east should nominate outstanding pupils for the annual Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize.

  3. Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize: nomination form

    Form for headteachers and principals to nominate pupils from their schools for the Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize.

  4. School reports on pupil performance: guide for headteachers

    What should be included in pupils’ reports for their parents, and how often schools should produce them.

School performance measures

Performance tables: approved qualifications, discount codes, interpreting data. Primary school accountability, Progress 8 and Attainment 8.

  1. 16 to 18 completion and attainment qualifications: 2016

    Qualifications included in the 2016 completion and attainment measure, and national average attainment data.

  2. Key stage 4 destination measures (2016 revised data)

    Information on key stage 4 (KS4) destination measures data for pupils who finished KS4 in the 2013 to 2014 academic year.

  3. Performance tables: approved qualifications and discount codes

    Approved key stage 4 and 16 to 18 qualifications and discount codes for reporting in the 2014 to 2019 school and college performance tables.

  4. Primary school accountability

    Technical guidance on primary accountability and school-level progress measures.

  5. Primary school progress measures: information for schools and parents

    Information about primary school progress measures

  6. Progress 8 and Attainment 8

    Information for schools about the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 school performance measures.

  7. School performance tables 2015 data: ages 16 to 18

    Supporting documents to help you understand the 2015 data about ages 16 to 18 in the school performance tables.

  8. School performance tables 2015 data: key stage 2

    Supporting documents to help you understand the 2015 key stage 2 data in the school performance tables.

  9. School performance tables 2015 data: key stage 4

    Supporting documents to help you understand the 2015 key stage 4 data in the school performance tables.

  10. School performance tables: how to interpret the data

    How to use school and college performance data to interpret pupil attainment and progress, and compare schools and colleges in England.

  11. School performance tables: how we report the data

    How we receive, report and calculate the data in the school performance tables.

  12. School performance: 2016 point scores for 16-to-18 qualifications

    This spreadsheet lists the point values for every 16-to-18 qualification in the school and college performance tables.

  13. School performance: 2016 point scores for KS4 qualifications

    This spreadsheet lists the point values for every key stage 4 qualification in the school performance tables.

  14. School performance: key stage 2 similar schools

    How to use school performance tables to see how a school is performing at key stage 2 compared to a school with a similar intake of pupils.

  15. School performance: key stage 4 provisional results (2016)

    Information about the key stage 4 provisional school performance data published on 13 October 2016.

School performance tables and Ofsted reports

Research and compare the quality of teaching in schools. Reporting data, calculations, analysis, raw data.

  1. 14 to 19 technical and applied qualifications: technical guidance

    Guidance for awarding organisations submitting technical and applied qualifications for school and college performance tables.

  2. 16 to 18 completion and attainment qualifications: 2016

    Qualifications included in the 2016 completion and attainment measure, and national average attainment data.

  3. Complain about an Ofsted inspection report

    You can complain about an Ofsted inspection report if you think there was a problem - the inspection process, how the inspection was conducted, the outcome of the inspection

  4. Find an Ofsted inspection report

    Search for Ofsted inspection reports for childminders and childcare providers, schools, colleges, further education providers, children and families services

  5. Find and compare schools in England

    Check school performance tables (‘league tables’), Ofsted reports and financial information.

  6. How Ofsted inspects maintained schools and academies

    A guide for schools about Ofsted inspections and grades.

  7. Inspecting schools: guidance for parents

    A leaflet for parents and carers of children whose school is due for inspection.

  8. Inspecting schools: leaflet for schools

    This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during a school inspection.

  9. Performance tables: technical and vocational qualifications

    Technical and vocational qualifications approved for reporting in school performance tables.

  10. School performance: key stage 4 similar schools

    How to use school performance tables to see how a school is performing at key stage 4 compared to a school with a similar intake of pupils.

  11. Unregistered schools: Ofsted advice notes

    Advice notes from Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI to the Secretary of State for Education on unregistered schools.