• How Ofsted gathers evidence about pupil experience Ofsted inspectors don't expect to see written pupil case studies. Understand how Ofsted will learn about and evaluate pupil experiences of your school, including which pupil groups and topics they are likely to focus on.
  • How to present safeguarding referrals to Ofsted UpdatedOfsted will ask to see a list of safeguarding referrals made to your DSL. Get expert advice on presenting this information, and see examples of forms other schools use to record referrals.
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  • Attendance: what Ofsted is looking for Ofsted will consider your attendance data when making specific judgements. Understand what evidence inspectors will want to look at, and what they want to see in 'outstanding' and 'good' schools.
  • 'Cultural capital': expanding narrow definitions 'Cultural capital' doesn't have to be limited to culture that's mostly white, middle-class and male. Find out how to provide your pupils with cultural capital that celebrates all cultures and values diversity, to prepare them for life in modern Britain.
  • 'Cultural capital': what Ofsted is looking for It's a buzzword from the inspection framework, and Ofsted will consider it when assessing your quality of education, but what does 'cultural capital' mean? Read on to find out, and how inspectors will evaluate it in your school.
  • Health and safety: how to show Ofsted you're fulfilling your duties Ofsted doesn't have set criteria for evaluating health and safety, but it'll report on any failure to comply with statutory requirements. Be clear on your obligations, and good practice, so you feel ready if Ofsted asks.
  • How Ofsted inspects 'behaviour and attitudes' Learn how Ofsted inspects 'behaviour and attitudes' in a graded inspection under the Ofsted inspection framework. This judgement covers behaviour, attendance, exclusion and attitudes to learning.
  • How Ofsted inspects early years education Learn how Ofsted inspects your EYFS provision. This judgement covers nursery, reception, provision for 2- and 3-year-olds, and wraparound care.
  • How Ofsted inspects governance Get to grips with how governance is inspected under the 2019 Ofsted framework, and the role of governors on inspection day.
  • How Ofsted inspects 'leadership and management' Understand which parts of school leadership and management will be judged under the Ofsted inspection framework. See what evidence you can provide and read a summary of the grade descriptors.
  • How Ofsted inspects 'personal development' Learn how Ofsted inspects 'personal development' under the 2019 framework, including how SMSC development is considered. Download our list of questions inspectors might ask about British values.
  • How Ofsted inspects safeguarding Understand what Ofsted expects to see in your safeguarding arrangements, and what evidence inspectors will collect during an inspection. Download our list of questions Ofsted might ask about child protection, including how you handle sexual harassment and abuse in your school.
  • How Ofsted inspects sixth forms If you have sixth form provision at your school, learn how Ofsted will inspect it under the 2019 framework.
  • How Ofsted inspects your curriculum Ofsted's 'quality of education' measure puts your curriculum in the spotlight. Understand how inspectors will judge your intent, implementation and impact, and the evidence they'll consider. Also see what's changed now the transition period is over.
  • How Ofsted inspects your provision for 'disadvantaged' pupils UpdatedLearn how Ofsted defines 'disadvantaged' pupils and considers your provision for these pupils. Also get up to speed on the changes to inspection criteria regarding 'vulnerable' pupils, following the pandemic.
  • How Ofsted will assess RSE (primary) Relationships and sex education (RSE) won't be inspected on its own - instead, Ofsted will look at how you're meeting statutory requirements for RSE, and consider this within your personal development, and leadership and management.
  • How Ofsted will assess RSE (secondary) Ofsted won't inspect relationships and sex education (RSE) on its own - instead, inspectors will look at how you're meeting statutory requirements for RSE, and consider this within your personal development, and leadership and management.
  • Ofsted changes for the 2022/23 academic year: summary Ofsted has made small updates to its inspection handbooks for September 2022. See what's changed for this academic year so you can keep on top of what's new.
  • Ofsted 'deep dives': geography (primary) Find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a geography 'deep dive'. Read our curriculum questions – they're based on inspections under the 2019 framework.
  • Ofsted 'deep dives': maths (primary) Find out what evidence inspectors will look at during a maths 'deep dive', and what questions they might ask. Download our list of questions to help you prepare.
  • Ofsted 'deep dives': modern foreign languages (MFL) in primary Find out what evidence Ofsted inspectors look for in a modern foreign languages 'deep dive', and download our list of questions to help you prepare.
  • Ofsted 'deep dives': reading (primary) Find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a reading 'deep dive'. Download our list of questions – it's based on inspections under the 2019 framework.
  • Ofsted 'deep dives': science Find out how Ofsted inspectors do a science 'deep dive' and see what they might ask by downloading our list of questions based on previous inspections.
  • Ofsted 'summary evaluations' of trusts: explainer Summary evaluations are Ofsted's approach to gathering findings about a trust. Find out what happens at each stage of the process, what Ofsted will expect of you and your leadership team and what it's likely to consider.
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  • School policies: what Ofsted is looking for Ofsted inspectors won't grade your policies, but they'll want to know how you're implementing them. Find out what inspectors would want to see from your school.
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  • How Ofsted inspects SEND provision See how Ofsted inspects SEND provision in special schools and mainstream schools with SEND provision. Find out what inspectors look for, how they gather evidence, and how they assess outcomes.
  • Teaching assistants' role in Ofsted inspections Inspectors won't judge individual teaching assistants – they're more interested in how effectively you use them. However, your TAs might get asked about safeguarding and behaviour. Find out what Ofsted expects from TAs so you can be prepared.
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  • Questions Ofsted might ask about inclusion and attendance Download our list of questions Ofsted inspectors could potentially ask about inclusion and attendance, including the impact of coronavirus on attendance. Find out what follow up questions inspectors may ask based on your school's data.
  • Questions Ofsted might ask EYFS staff Share these questions with your Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) staff so they can prepare for an inspection under the 2021 framework. Each question includes suggestions of evidence they could use to support their answers.
  • Questions Ofsted might ask headteachers and the SLT Download our lists of questions Ofsted inspectors might ask. You'll find questions related to COVID-19, how your school delivered remote learning, your approach to sexual harassment and how you've supported staff wellbeing
  • Questions Ofsted might ask middle leaders Download our list of questions Ofsted inspectors might ask. You'll find questions related to COVID-19, covering topics like how you delivered remote learning, helped pupils catch up and supported your staff during the pandemic.
  • Questions Ofsted might ask SBMs Learn what questions Ofsted inspectors might ask school business managers (SBMs) during an inspection under the 2019 Ofsted framework, and read some tips for preparing for inspection.
  • Questions Ofsted might ask SENCOs Download our list of questions to find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask you as a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). You'll also find questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and tips on how to make the most of your inspection meeting.
  • Questions Ofsted might ask teachers NewShare our questions with your teachers so they know what inspectors might ask them about the curriculum. Plus, get your teachers Ofsted-ready in other judgement areas.
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  • 2019 Ofsted inspection framework: what it means for your school Get to grips with the 2019 inspection framework. Find out how to assess your curriculum's 'intent, implementation and impact' with our prompts, and how inspectors will judge behaviour in your school.
  • Frequency of Ofsted inspections Find out how often Ofsted inspects schools and get an idea of when your next inspection will be (including the current timings due to the pandemic).
  • How Ofsted inspects alternative provision UpdatedLearn how Ofsted inspects pupil referral units (PRUs) and alternative provision (AP) academies. Also find information covering inspection of off-site units and residential provision.
  • Inspection judgements: Ofsted grade descriptors UpdatedUse our side-by-side comparison of Ofsted grade descriptors, which reflect the September 2022 School Inspection Handbook updates, to understand the criteria inspectors use to make their judgements.
  • Ofsted inspection of schools rated ‘requires improvement’ UpdatedIf your school is rated 'requires improvement', you may receive a monitoring inspection before your next graded inspection. Understand what happens during a monitoring inspection and when Ofsted is likely to inspect you next.
  • Ofsted mythbuster Can headteachers join deep dives? Do schools need a certain level of staff absence to get a deferral? Read our mythbuster to get clarity on a range of questions about how Ofsted inspects your school.
  • Ungraded inspections for 'good' and 'outstanding' schools Section 8 inspections are now called ungraded inspections. Get a handle on what happens before, during and after, and what Ofsted will be looking for, so you and your staff feel ready.
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