Ofsted uses statistical models to make sure that we are allocating our inspection resources where they are needed most. This is known as our risk assessment process. We look at published data about each provider together with a wide range of information to give us a selection of providers that we will inspect that year.
This process is not used to pre-judge inspection outcomes; inspectors do not have access to the risk assessments when they are inspecting providers.
You can find out more about our approach in the further education and skills inspection handbook.
You can also read a blog about our approach to risk assessing good and outstanding schools.