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A very simple summary
of the new Education Inspection Framework.

(Guidance updated: July 2021)


Figuring out what’s going on with SEF usually means reading an awful lot of long boring documents, so we thought we’d be nice and break it down for you with this handy infographic.

Old to new tableQuality of educationBtw, this will determine your overall resultsBehaviour and attitudesPersonal DevelopmentLeadership and managementNEW EIFOLD CIFTeaching, learningand assessmentOutcomesPersonal development,behaviour and welfareLeadership and management

Adapted & Prioritised Curriculum

Inspectors will seek to “understand how the school has adapted and prioritised the curriculum from September 2020”, including remote learning and how curriculum planning has responded to learning gaps.


External Data Only

Ofsted will not be using teacher assessed grades from 2020 or 2021, but will still consider externally published data throughout the inspection, being “mindful of the age of this data around statutory assessment and qualifications.”

School Community Support

Inspectors will seek to understand how leaders supported the school community throughout the pandemic, three areas of interest are remote education, vulnerable pupils and staff and pupils’ well-being.

Attendance discussed

Attendance between March 2020-21 will not impact Ofsted’s judgement of a school but attendance patterns will be discussed.

Covid cannot be the ‘sole factor’ for inadequate judgement

Inspectors will continue to look at whether the overall quality of a school is most closely aligned to the descriptors set out, but it adds, “A school will be inadequate under a particular judgement if one or more of the inadequate criteria applies unless that inadequate criteria applies solely due to the impact of COVID-19”.

Corroboration of safeguarding evidence

If inspectors cannot corroborate the evidence that they gather about the effectiveness of the school’s arrangements to safeguard pupils, by talking to pupils on inspection, then safeguarding will likely be judged ineffective.