Heads Up 30 April 2021


News and guidance on Ofsted Inspections and Education Inspection Framework

Ofsted Inspections 

Registered early years providers 

On-site EIF inspections of registered early years providers will begin from 4 May. Ofsted will prioritise providers:

• judged less than good at their last inspection (including those who received an interim visit in the autumn term)

• that registered recently but have not been inspected whose first inspection is overdue

• that were not inspected in the last inspection cycle due to the pause in routine inspection Maintained schools and academies

Ofsted have confirmed that the full programme of graded school inspections will resume in autumn 2021. From 4 May, some inspections under the EIF will restart and will take place on site. These include section 8 monitoring inspections of schools graded ‘inadequate’, and those graded ‘requires improvement’ at their last 2 consecutive full inspection


Education Inspection Framework.

Ofsted's new education inspection framework (EIF) applies to maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills providers and early years settings.

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has undoubtedly affected how education settings operate. It’s within this context that they have published an updated inspection handbooks. The changes cover how they will inspect early years providers, schools, further education and skills providers and non-association independent schools.



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