Information for Careers Staff

Planning for Ofsted Visits

Ofsted Inspectors will make a judgement on the personal development of learners by evaluating the extent to which:

  • the curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational. It provides for learners’ broader development, enabling them to develop and discover their interests and talents 
  • the curriculum and the provider’s wider work supports learners to develop their character – including their resilience, confidence and independence – and help them know how to keep physically and mentally healthy 
  • at each stage of education, the provider prepares learners for future success in their next steps 
  • the provider prepares learners for life in modern Britain by: equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society; developing their understanding of fundamental British values; developing their understanding and appreciation of diversity; celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law.

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This template will help ensure you have collected relevant information and evidence to support all Benchmarks to answer Ofsted’s questions.

Ofsted Pre-Visit Planning Template

Find the Government's latest guidance for schools, colleges and training providers.

Careers guidance and access for education and training providers - GOV.UK (

This framework sets out Ofsted's inspection principles and the main judgements that inspectors make.

Education Inspection Framework (EIF) - GOV.UK (

Ofsted guidance on inspecting maintained schools and academies in England under the education inspection framework.

School Inspection Handbook - GOV.UK (

Guidance for inspectors on inspecting further education and skills providers under the education inspection framework.

Further education and skills inspection handbook - GOV.UK (

Last updated on 31/10/2023