Ofsted is committed to providing a service that is accessible to everyone, at the same level and on equal terms. Our website is designed to maximise ease of use by everyone.



We publish our electronic publications in PDF and/or Microsoft Word format, with occasional Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint attachments.

You can download the Microsoft Excel viewer or download the Microsoft PowerPoint viewer. Both of these are from the Microsoft website.

You can also read Adobe’s information on accessibility and PDF format.

If you would like a version of one of our publications in an alternative format, such as Braille or large print, please telephone 08456 404040, or email


Web standards

Our site has been designed to conform to all relevant technical standards and recommendations. Some of these are listed below.


Text size

Most internet browsers include a feature that gives you the ability to change the size of the text on the screen. Our site has been designed to work with these features.

You can often change the text size by holding Ctrl on your keyboard and rolling the wheel on your mouse. For other methods, see below.

Changing the text size in Microsoft Internet Explorer

Changing the text size in Mozilla Firefox

‘Zooming’ in Opera


Access keys

To help you navigate around the site without a mouse, a system of shortcuts to main areas of the site – accesskeys – is in place. These follow the government's standard for accesskeys, with a few additions that are specific to Ofsted.

Government standard

S Skip navigation
1 Home
3 A–Z site index
4 Search
5 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
6 Help
7 Complaints procedure
8 Terms and conditions
9 Feedback form
0 Accesskey details

Specific to this site

N News
I Inspection reports
F Forms and guidance
P Publications and research
A About us

Carried over from our previous website

R Inspection reports

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