Risk assessment methodology for schools and further education and skills providers

These methodology notes set out the risk assessment process that Ofsted uses for good and outstanding state-funded schools and further education and skills providers.



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 school inspection handbook and the further education and skills inspection handbook.

You can also read a blog about our approach to risk assessing good and outstanding schools.

Published 5 May 2017