What is the purpose of school/Academy Ofsted inspections?
The inspection of a school/Academy provides an independent external evaluation of its effectiveness and a diagnosis of what it should do to improve. It is based on a range of evidence available to inspectors that is evaluated against a national framework.
Ofsted’s inspections of schools perform three essential functions.
Provide parents/carers with an expert and independent assessment of how well a school/Academy is performing, and help inform those who are choosing a school/Academy for their child
Provide information to the Secretary of State for Education and to Parliament about the work of schools/Academies and the extent to which an acceptable standard of education is being provided. This provides assurance that minimum standards are being met, provides confidence in the use of public money and assists accountability, as well as indicating where improvements are needed
Promote the improvement of individual schools and the education system as a whole.