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.

Guidance for inspectors

Guidance for independent schools

Ofsted Parent View

Published 2 December 2014
Last updated 17 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added new guidance for inspectors on talking to pupils during inspection, inspecting schools where there is separation by sex and inspecting the teaching of protected characteristics.

  2. Added Independent school inspections from January 2019: note for inspectors.

  3. Updated with safeguarding concerns guidance for inspectors.

  4. Links updated to documents for use from September 2015.

  5. First published.