2019 Ofsted inspection framework: what it means for your school

Find out what your school needs to do under the current framework, how to assess your curriculum's 'intent, implementation and impact', and understand how inspectors will judge behaviour in your school.

Last reviewed on 22 April 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. COVID-19 recovery
  2. A sharper focus on curriculum with the 'quality of education' measure
  3. Intent, implementation and impact
  4. How will your school be accountable for your curriculum quality?
  5. 'Behaviour and attitudes' moves away from 'personal development'
  6. Other changes: internal data ignored and longer section 8 inspections
  7. What you can do now

COVID-19 recovery

Ofsted's latest handbook update takes into account the pandemic and its effect on schools. It recognises that most schools were unable to implement the curriculum in the usual way. As such, inspectors will look at how your school adapted and prioritised the curriculum from September 2020.

They'll also look to understand the effects of the pandemic as part of the context of your school's current curriculum. They'll look at:

If your school is directly deploying tutors to support pandemic recovery, inspectors will also consider how they support your school curriculum's aims. This won't be inspected in its own right, but as part of the evaluation of the 'quality of education' and