Research at Ofsted

We carry out and commission research relating to early years and education, further education and social care.


Our annual programme of surveys includes:

Our findings help us make improvements in these areas.

Access and achievement

In 1993 we published ‘Access and achievement in urban education’, a report looking at education standards and quality across 7 urban areas with high levels of deprivation.

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector David Bell summarised the evidence 10 years later in a speech at the Fabian Society in November 2003.

In 2013 we revisited the subject in ‘Unseen children: access and achievement 20 years on’. This reviews the latest evidence and the outcomes of recent policy initiatives, and works to draw up proposals that could lead to real improvement in standards and outcomes in deprived areas.