Ofsted schools research

Ofsted carries out research alongside its main inspection programme to look at specific issues, subjects or policies in more detail.

Ofsted’s research programme serves a range of purposes. It allows us to focus on specific issues in greater detail than is possible during an institutional inspection. Alternatively, it can explore issues outside the current inspection framework, or may look at providers we don’t currently inspect.

Alternative school provision

  1. Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education
  2. Alternative school provision: findings of a three year survey
  3. Alternative provision: education outside school


History, geography and religious education

  1. Religious education: realising the potential
  2. History teaching in schools: strengths and weaknesses
  3. Geography: learning to make a world of difference


  1. Inspecting education quality: lesson observation and workbook scrutiny
  2. Retaining Ofsted's current grading system in education
  3. Reliability of short school inspections

Languages and literacy

  1. Improving literacy in secondary schools: a shared responsibility
  2. Improving literacy: moving English forward
  3. Early language and literacy: from training to teaching
  4. Removing barriers to literacy
  5. Modern languages: achievement and challenge 2007 to 2010

Lesson observation

  1. Ofsted research on lesson observation models

Maths, IT and technology

  1. ICT in schools: 2008 to 2011
  2. Mathematics: inequalities in student experiences
  3. Meeting technological challenges: school design and technology provision

Music and creative subjects

  1. Music in schools: what hubs must do
  2. Music in schools: sound partnerships
  3. Art, craft and design education: making a mark
  4. Music in schools: student progress

Preparing children for the future

  1. Enterprise education: how secondary schools prepare young people for work
  2. Key stage 3: the wasted years?
  3. Careers guidance in schools: going in the right direction?
  4. Economics, business and enterprise education
  5. Girls' career aspirations


  1. Citizenship consolidated? A survey of citizenship in schools
  2. PSHE education in schools: strengths and weaknesses

Pupil premium

  1. Pupil premium: update on schools' progress
  2. The pupil premium: analysis and challenge tools for schools
  3. The pupil premium: how schools are spending the funding successfully
  4. The pupil premium: how schools used the funding

Pupil wellbeing, progress and behaviour

  1. Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education
  2. Obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools
  3. Ensuring Roma children achieve in education
  4. Low-level disruption in classrooms: below the radar
  5. Unseen children: educational access and achievement 20 years on
  6. Performance of the most able students from non-selective schools
  7. School strategies for preventing and tackling bullying
  8. Supporting children with challenging behaviour
  9. The impact of the 'Assessing pupils' progress' initiative

School governance and leadership

  1. Improving school governance
  2. School governance: learning from the best


  1. Intention and substance: primary school science curriculum research
  2. Science education in schools: maintaining curiosity
  3. Science teaching in schools: strengths and weaknesses


  1. Local area SEND inspections: one year on
  2. SEND framework: 2010 review

Physical education and sport

  1. The PE and sport premium for primary schools
  2. Going the extra mile: excellence in competitive school sport
  3. Beyond 2012: outstanding physical education for all
  4. School sport partnerships

Working with families

  1. Children in service families
  2. Schools and parents: developing partnerships
Published 15 May 2015
Last updated 18 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Published today: 'Local area SEND inspections: one year on'.

  2. Added governance survey report.

  3. Added enterprise education report.

  4. Added a link to survey inviting feedback on publications.

  5. Added key stage 3 report

  6. First published.