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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After a consultation in early 2019, Ofsted launched a new education inspection framework in May. This will come into force in September 2019.

The current common inspection framework sets out Ofsted’s inspection principles 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:

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