- 15 June 2015
Details of the changes to how Ofsted will inspect early years provision, schools and further education and skills from September 2015.
Ofsted has launched far-reaching changes to the way it inspects early years provision, schools and further education and skills. These changes will come in to effect from September 2015 and include:
- the introduction of a common inspection framework for all early years settings on the Early Years Register, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and further education and skills providers
- short inspections for maintained schools, academies and further education and skills providers that were judged good at their last full inspection. These short inspections will be conducted approximately every 3 years
- significant changes to Ofsted’s inspection workforce. From September 2015, Ofsted will contract directly with inspectors for maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools and further education and skills inspections
From this page you can access the new common inspection framework and supporting handbooks. There is also additional information outlining the key changes including materials from Ofsted’s national launch conferences.
The changes are a result of the consultation ‘Better inspection for all’ and subsequent response.
New inspection documents
The new common inspection framework and handbooks for Ofsted inspectors come into effect from September 2015 for the inspection of schools, further education and skills and early years provision:
- The common inspection framework: education, skills and early years from September 2015
- School inspection handbook from September 2015
- School inspection handbook for inspections under Section 8 of the Education Act 2005 from September 2015
- Further education and skills inspection handbook from September 2015
- Early years inspection handbook from September 2015
- Non-association independent school inspection handbook from September 2015
- Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills from September 2015
Explaining the changes
Read a summary of the changes:
PDF, 206KB, 12 pages
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This short film summarises the main changes to education inspection from September 2015:
Below are short films from Ofsted’s national directors explaining the key changes for their remit from September 2015.
Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director for schools, outlines the key changes to the inspection of maintained schools and academies from September 2015.
Further education and skills
Lorna Fitzjohn, Ofsted’s national director for further education and skills (FES), outlines the key changes to the inspection of FES providers from September 2015.
Nick Hudson Ofsted’s national director for early years, outlines the key changes to the inspection of early years settings from September 2015.
Non-association independent schools
Bradley Simmons, Ofsted’s national director for non-association independent schools, outlines the key changes to the inspection of these schools from September 2015.
Materials from the national launch events
Throughout June and July 2015 Ofsted held a series of 8 national launch events. These gave education leaders and practitioners an opportunity to learn more about the changes.
Read the keynote speech by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw. Sir Michael Wilshaw introduces the changes and sets out how great leadership is at the heart of the reforms.
View slides from briefing sessions on the common inspection framework, schools, early years and further education and skills:
The future of education inspection: understanding the changes (PDF, 206KB, 12 pages)
Future of education inspection launch event: common inspection framework slides (PDF, 657KB, 13 pages)
Future of education inspections launch event: schools session slides (PDF, 768KB, 32 pages)
Future of education inspection launch event: further education and skills session slides (PDF, 647KB, 31 pages)
Providers sharing their experiences of the new inspections
Short films have been produced from early years, school and further education and skills leaders involved in pilot inspections to test the new inspection arrangements.
Sarah Leonce is a childminder. Here she talks about her experience of an early years inspection pilot using the common inspection framework.
Headteachers and principals sharing their experience of short inspection pilots in schools.
Further education and skills
Marion Plant of North Warwickshire and Hinckley College talks about her experience of a full inspection pilot using the common inspection framework.
Andy Wilson of Westminster Kingsway College talks about his experience of a short inspection pilot.
Published: 15 June 2015