Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): boarding schools and residential special schools

Guidance on how Ofsted inspects boarding schools and residential special schools.

Applies to England



This framework sets out Ofsted’s process for inspecting boarding schools and residential special schools.

Our approach is underpinned by the following 3 principles that apply to all social care inspections:

  • to focus on the things that matter most to children’s lives
  • to be consistent in our expectations of providers
  • to prioritise our work where improvement is needed most
Published 22 February 2017
Last updated 1 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. In the ‘Aligned inspections’ section, added clarification on the revised arrangements for aligned inspections.

  2. Removed guidance on assurance visits, as we are no longer carrying these out.

  3. Updated to reflect the changes to Ofsted’s post-inspection processes and complaints handling (including the timeline) that we introduced in September 2020. Minor edits for readability.

  4. First published.