Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years from September 2015

How Ofsted inspects maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills provision and early years settings.


The common inspection framework: education, skills and early years

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The common inspection framework set out the principles that apply to inspection and the main judgements that inspectors make when conducting inspections of:

  • maintained schools
  • academies
  • non-association independent schools
  • further education and skills providers
  • registered early years settings

The framework is accompanied by guidance for inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills and 5 handbooks:

You can learn about the changes to the way Ofsted inspects early years provision, schools and further education and skills from September 2015 in our guidance ‘Changes to education inspection from September 2015’.

Published 15 June 2015
Last updated 28 August 2015 + show all updates
  1. Final document for use from September 2015 published.
  2. First published.