Ofsted inspections of non-association independent schools

This collection brings together information about how inspections work as well as resources for staff, inspectors and parents.

Ofsted inspects independent schools that are not members of associations. These are known as non-association independent schools.


  1. How Ofsted inspects non-association independent schools

    • Guidance
  2. Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years from September 2015

    • Guidance
  3. Non-association independent school inspection handbook

    • Guidance
  4. Inspecting non-association independent schools: leaflet for schools

    • Guidance
  5. Deferring Ofsted inspections

    • Guidance
  6. Inspecting independent schools: questionnaire for staff

    • Form
  7. Inspecting non-association independent schools: leaflet for parents

    • Guidance
  8. Letter to parents for school inspections

    • Guidance
  9. Additional inspections of independent schools: handbook for inspectors

    • Guidance
  10. Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills

    • Guidance
Published 2 December 2014
Last updated 25 February 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated with safeguarding concerns guidance for inspectors.
  2. Links updated to documents for use from September 2015.
  3. First published.