Schools: For parents and carers

About our survey reports

As well as our inspection and regulatory role, Ofsted carries out surveys which consider big issues. We publish reports of those surveys, which help us to share the good practice we find.

To find our published survey reports, go to the advanced search in Resources and choose 'surveys and good practice' from the publications filter.

Ofsted gathers survey information mainly through visits to, or inspections of a range of schools, colleges or other providers such as childminders or children's homes.

As well as publishing individual survey reports, the evidence we collect during these visits is also:

  • included in Ofsted’s Annual Report, written by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, to give a national picture
  • used by Ofsted to share good practice through this website, conferences, talks and articles
  • helpful to individual providers to help them improve and supports their own self-evaluation.

Who carries out survey inspections and visits?

The inspections are carried out by specialist inspectors employed by Ofsted. As in other types of inspection, inspectors also follow guidance on how to carry out the survey inspections. To find out more:

Will providers get feedback?

At the end of a survey visit, inspectors will discuss with the provider what they found out during their visit. Most receive a short letter setting out the findings from the inspectors and noting any areas for development. All visits and inspections feed evidence into the final survey report.

Schools judged outstanding in a particular subject

For each of the subject surveys, we publish details of schools which were judged to be outstanding for that subject. The list of schools covers subject visits made during 2010 but it will be updated regularly.