Ofsted advice on inspecting behaviour
Ofsted uses a set of indicators to inspect behaviour in schools. Find out about the school inspection framework and how the inspection team uses grade descriptors to make a judgement.
Ofsted inspection framework
Behaviour can make a significant contribution to the overall effectiveness grade given as an outcome of an Ofsted inspection.
With an emphasis on the differences between groups, the inspection framework focuses on:
- learner achievement and enjoyment
- the extent to which learners feel safe
- healthy lifestyles
- learners' contribution to the school and wider community
- skills for future economic well-being
- spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
There are four Ofsted grade descriptors that inspectors will apply, taking into account learners' ages, stage and phase of education. They are:
Each descriptor is supported by guidance. This is not exhaustive, but will point inspectors towards the range and type of evidence they might collect.
Inspectors will weigh up the evidence in each area and consider it against the descriptors before making a judgement. They will also take account of the school context, for example, if it is a new school, due for closure or has new intake.
What inspectors look for
Ofsted uses a specific set of indicators when inspecting behaviour in schools. You can download the Full evaluation schedule from the Ofsted website. Find the section on pupils' behaviour within the evaluation schedule to see what the inspection team will expect to find in your school and the contribution this will make to your grade for overall effectiveness.
Inspecting behaviour supplementary guidance is available from the Ofsted website. Select the A–E link to access the guidance.