How Ofsted inspects
We inspect providers across education, children’s services and adult learning and skills and tell you what we find in our inspection reports.
The type of inspection will determine such things as:
- the number of inspectors
- the length of the inspection
- the amount of notice a provider gets
- what happens during the inspection
- the content of the inspection report.
A typical inspection has one or more inspectors visiting a provider to find out about them. The inspection will follow a framework and report on particular aspects of the provision.
How we carry out an inspection will depend on the type of provider. For more information go to the relevant section to find out about how we inspect and what is in inspection reports.