Minor changes to the evaluation criteria to align, where applicable, with other framework changes on children’s progress, the management of risk and the use of restraint.
Clarification on the timing of aligned inspections of residential special schools that are also registered as a children’s home.
Small change to guidance for inspectors on recording evidence in the inspection database.
Minor changes to the evaluation criteria to reflect the changes in the National Minimum Standards for residential special schools coming into force from 5 September 2022. Minor edits for clarity in the 'Frequency of inspections' section. Revised text referencing the updated 'Ofsted code of conduct' policy.
Added updated SCCIF guidance for April 2022: clarified time spent on site by inspectors; added additional guidance for when inspectors discover possible unregistered provision and on aligned inspections and inspection of free schools with boarding.
In the ‘Aligned inspections’ section, added clarification on the revised arrangements for aligned inspections.
Removed guidance on assurance visits, as we are no longer carrying these out.
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.