Handbook for Ofsted inspectors conducting inspections of non-association independent schools.
The guidance falls under section 109(1) and (2) of the Education and Skills Act 2008. It indicates the main activities that are undertaken from the time the school is notified that it is to be inspected until the publication of the report. It sets out what inspectors must do and what schools can expect, and provides guidance for inspectors on making their judgements. Schools can use the guidance to see how inspections will be conducted and may find it helpful when carrying out their self-evaluation.
This document was updated in January 2015 to incorporate the new independent school standards regulations, and to reflect the commencement of further sections of the Education and Skills Act 2008, under which inspections of independent schools will now take place.