Note: The Ofsted handbooks for section 5 and section 8 inspections were updated in October 2017. The most significant changes are in relation to short inspections, myth busting, pupil groups, appointing NQTs in maintained schools judged to require 'special measures' and what happens to schools judged 'requires improvement'.
School inspection handbook (GOV.UK)
This handbook describes the main activities undertaken during inspections of schools in England under section 5 of the Education Act 2005. It sets out the evaluation criteria that inspectors use to make their judgements and on which they report.
This handbook is for school inspections to be carried out from September 2015 under the ‘common inspection framework: education, skills and early years’ (CIF).
Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years from September 2015 (GOV.UK)
This sets out the statutory basis for inspections conducted under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and academies (GOV.UK)
Guidance for Ofsted inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the common inspection framework.
Local area SEND inspection
On 27 April 2016 Ofsted and CQC released the framework and guidance for inspecting the effectiveness of local areas fulfilling their new duties for supporting children and young people with SEND: