Ofsted stands for the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. It is an independent body that reports directly to Parliament. Ofsted inspects services in the UK that provide education and skills for learners of all ages.
Each week, Ofsted carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England publish the results online. The body has around 1,800 employees across 8 regions:
Ofsted is responsible for:
When you are researching into the school that you want your child to attend, it is essential to look at the school’s Ofsted rating as it will give an indication into its quality of teaching and pupils’ achievements. There are four Ofsted ratings:
An outstanding school provides exceptionally well for the needs of its pupils and prepares them for the next stage of their education or employment at the highest possible level.
A good school provides well for the needs of its pupils and prepares them effectively for the next stage of their education or employment.
A school that requires improvement is not inadequate, but neither is it satisfactory.
An inadequate school has significant weaknesses and is failing to prepare its students effectively for the next stages of their lives. The management and leadership, however, are judged to be Grade 3 and above.
When you are reading a school’s report, look out for their scores in:
Please note if you are relocating to Wales, the school inspection body is called Estyn - https://www.estyn.gov.wales/
If you are relocating to Scotland, you can search their reports here - https://www.mygov.scot/school-inspection-reports/
Northern Ireland can be found here - https://www.etini.gov.uk/
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Engage Education. (2020). What is OFSTED? | Educational Standards - Engage Education. [online] Available at: https://engage-education.com/blog/video-article/ [Accessed 14 Jan. 2020].