School inspection handbook (EIF)

Ofsted guidance on inspecting maintained schools and academies in England under the education inspection framework, for use from September 2019.


School inspection handbook

School inspection handbook

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This guidance applies from September 2019. For current inspections, please consult the current schools inspection handbook.

This handbook is primarily a guide for Ofsted inspectors on how to carry out inspections of maintained schools and academies under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.

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).

We have also published guidance for section 8 school inspections.

Published 14 May 2019