The Education Inspection Framework September 2019

The education inspection framework has been devised by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector for use from September 2019. It sets out the principles that apply to inspection, and the main judgements that inspectors make when carrying out inspections of maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills providers and registered early years settings in England.

The education inspection framework applies to the inspection of different education, skills and early years settings to ensure comparability when learners2 move from one setting to another. It supports consistency across the inspection of different remits.

The framework reflects relevant legislation for each type of setting.3 It is accompanied by an inspection handbook for each of the four remits:

  • early years
  • maintained schools and academies
  • non-association independent schools
  • further education and skills.

These handbooks set out how inspectors will make each of the inspection judgements. They reflect the needs and expectations of different phases and the differences between various age groups. Inspectors will inspect types of provision for which they have appropriate expertise and training.