Education inspection framework

Ofsted's new education inspection framework (EIF) applies to maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills providers and early years settings.

Ofsted has piloted changes to inspection methods to take account of the challenges raised by COVID-19. We published an updated set of handbooks in April 2021.

Guidance for inspectors

Handbooks for inspectors

Guidance for providers


Ofsted consulted on the draft education inspection framework and proposed handbooks between January and April 2019.

We published the new framework and handbooks on 14 May 2019 along with a consultation outcome report.


Videos and slides about our curriculum research

Video playlist about our curriculum research

View accompanying slides for schools and early years or further education and skills.

Published 16 January 2019
Last updated 27 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added risk assessment methodology for schools and further education and skills providers.

  2. Added handbooks for maintained schools and academies, further education and skills, early years and non-association independent schools, for use from September 2019.

  3. First published.