Inspection of independent schools

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

Services

  1. Inspecting independent schools: questionnaire for staff

    Inspection questionnaire for staff in non-association independent schools.

  2. Independent schools: changing boarding or residential provision

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

  3. National minimum standards checklist for a material change inspection of an independent special school residential provision

    Form to be used for a material change inspection to an existing special school that is seeking to open or change existing residential provision – welfare only.

  4. 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.

  5. National minimum standards form for material change inspections of an independent school seeking to open or change existing boarding provision

    Forms for social care inspectors to use for material change inspections of an independent school seeking to open or change existing boarding provision - welfare only.

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News and communications

  1. Our Place: warning notice
  2. Cruckton Hall School: warning notice
  3. Independent Educational Services: warning notice
  4. Spring Hill High School: warning notice
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Education inspection framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education
  2. Independent schools: Ofsted inspection fees
  3. Operating the independent school regulatory system
  4. Independent school inspection fees and standards
  5. Regulating independent schools
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Memorandum of understanding between Ofsted and DfE: independent schools
  2. Independent schools: approved inspectorates
  3. Bridge School Inspectorate (BSI): annual Ofsted report letters
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