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


History, geography and religious education


Languages and literacy

Lesson observation

Maths, IT and technology

Music and creative subjects

Physical education and sport

Preparing children for the future


Pupil premium

Pupil wellbeing, progress and behaviour

Remote education

School governance and leadership



Working with families

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.