Education inspection framework

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

We published an updated set of handbooks in July 2023 for use from September.

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.

Updates to this page

Published 16 January 2019
Last updated 11 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. Linked to a news story about handbook changes for September 2022.

  2. Added risk assessment methodology for schools and further education and skills providers.

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

  4. First published.