In a consultation which closed on 5 April 2019, Ofsted put forward proposals on how it intends to inspect schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers, to take effect from September this year. Having analysed more than 15,000 responses and carried out more than 100 face-to-face events, Ofsted has now issued the final drafts of several key documents.

The following documents are all available online.

  • Education inspection framework.

  • Early years inspection handbook.

  • Maintained schools and academies section 5 inspection handbook.

  • Maintained schools and academies section 8 inspection handbook.

  • Non-association independent schools inspection handbook.

  • Further education and skills inspection handbook.

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion statement.

Ofsted reports that the core proposals set out in the consultation — those relating to the proposed changes to the framework and key judgement areas — received an extremely positive response.

Respondents to the formal consultation overwhelmingly supported the proposal to introduce a new “quality of education” key judgement for all remits. This will focus on what is intended to be learned through the curriculum, how well it is taught and assessed, and the impact it has on learners.

Similar high levels of support were seen for the proposal to create two separate judgements for “personal development” and “behaviour and attitudes”.

Ofsted explains that the new “personal development” judgement will consider what a provider does to help develop learners’ character, resilience and values and the provider’s advice and support to help learners succeed in life.

Among other changes, Ofsted has confirmed that:

  • section 8 inspections for mainstream schools with 150 or fewer pupils will continue to last for one day

  • FE and skills inspections and reports will be made more coherent and inclusive by reducing the number of provision types that Ofsted grades and specifically reports on from the current six to four

  • a new timescale for re-inspecting FE and skills providers that are judged to require improvement will now be now be 12 to 30 months.

Ofsted will continue to pilot the new framework during the summer term 2019.

Last reviewed 16 May 2019