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Find out how Ofsted measures 'overall effectiveness' so that you're clear on how your school will be inspected under the 2019 framework.

As a governing board, you don't need to know in great detail how Ofsted inspectors will judge 'overall effectiveness', but you should familiarise yourself with the basics. 

Read our article on how governance will be inspected to be clear about what inspectors will be looking for from you during an inspection.

What is it?

Overall effectiveness is the judgement Ofsted inspectors come to when they've taken into account the 4 key judgements:

Where relevant, they'll also judge the effectiveness of: 

  • Early years education
  • Sixth form

In making their judgement, inspectors will also consider:

  • Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • The extent to which your school's education provision meets the needs of the range of pupils at your school, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities 

This is explained on pages 38 and 39 of the school inspection handbook.

Inspectors will judge the effectiveness of your

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