School inspection handbook
This handbook provides instructions and guidance for inspectors conducting inspections under section 5 of the Education Act 2005. It sets out what inspectors must do and what schools can expect, and provides guidance for inspectors on making their judgements.
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We report directly to Parliament and we are independent and impartial. We inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.Find out more about the Ofsted See all Ofsted documents on the gateway