Guidance

Initial teacher education (ITE) inspection framework and handbook

This framework and handbook document sets out Ofsted’s inspection principles, guidance and the main judgements that inspectors make when inspecting ITE.

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Ofsted’s ITE inspections started on 4 May. You can find out more about our current activity in our rolling COVID-19 update.

The first part of the document is the ITE inspection framework, which sets out how Ofsted will inspect ITE partnerships and make judgements about the different phases of ITE training.

The second part of the document is the inspection handbook. This is primarily a guide for Ofsted inspectors on how to carry out inspections of ITE in England from September 2020.

We also publish this for ITE partnerships and other interested parties so that they are aware of Ofsted’s inspection processes and procedures under the ITE framework.

We ran a consultation on the framework and draft handbook between January and April 2020.

Published 24 June 2020
Last updated 19 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added a new section: ‘Inspection during the COVID-19 pandemic’ and minor edits. See summary of changes for more information.

  2. Added a note confirming that Ofsted will carry out full graded ITE inspections from April 2021.

  3. First published.