Independent schools inspection handbook (EIF)

Ofsted guidance on inspecting non-association independent schools in England under the education inspection framework, for use from September 2019.


Non-association independent school inspection handbook

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This guidance applies from September 2019. For current inspections, please consult the current non-association school inspection handbook.

This handbook is primarily a guide for Ofsted inspectors on how to carry out non-association independent school inspections.

We also publish this for schools and other interested parties so that they are aware of Ofsted’s inspection processes and procedures under the education inspection framework (EIF).

Published 14 May 2019